CLEARWATER, Fla. – Four lawyers. Two shock jocks. One flirtatious paralegal.
A Florida judge will soon decide if three well-known Tampa attorneys tricked a rival lawyer into getting a DUI in an attempt to derail opposing counsel on a defamation case against a radio shock jock.
The ethics trial began this week and it has riveted Tampa's legal community with its salacious details of scheming and flirtation, of prior drunk driving arrests and extramarital affairs.
On one side is the Florida Bar, which supports the version of events told by lawyer Phil Campbell. He was charged with DUI in January 2013. The Bar alleges that attorneys Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut set Campbell up and used a paralegal and a Tampa police officer to help.