Bubba The Love Sponge Found Not Guilty
January 30, 2013

After three hours of deliberations, a jury has found Bubba The Love Sponge not guilty on all accounts, in his court battle with rival Tampa radio host Todd "MJ" Schnitt, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune.

Closing arguments were made earlier today in the trial, which was then sent to a jury. Tampa Bay Online reports that Schnitt's attorney told the jury in his closing statement that Bubba defamed his client on the air "out of sheer hatred." However, Bubba's lawyer Joseph Diaco said in his closing argument that "No one goes to the Bubba the Love Sponge morning show to learn an objective fact. It's an entertainment show. It's a farce."

Today's decision came after nine days of testimony over the past three weeks. However, the trial was practically overshadowed by the DUI arrest of one of Schnitt's attorneys and accusations that the arrest was a setup from Bubba's camp.

On Tuesday, Kimberly Collelo (aka Jabberjaw), a former producer for both parties' radio shows, testified in court about her past experiences with both radio hosts.

Tampa Bay Online noted that "A public figure, such as Todd Schnitt, must prove there was 'actual malice,' that is that statements were made with knowledge that a statement is false or in reckless disregard for being true or false. Clear and convincing evidence must be shown that the plaintiff was harmed." Also important in the court decision is that Schnitt's wife Michelle is a private figure.




 
Breaking News
DTS To Acquire iBiquity Digital Corporation
Peter Schwartz Returns To CBS Radio San Diego As SVP/Market Manager & Director of Sales
Alpha Media Closes Purchase On Morris Communications
In Brief - September 2, 2015
September 1, 2014
National Radio Hall Of Fame Class Of 2015 Revealed
On The Verge Artist Hailee Steinfeld Debuts As Highest Female Solo Artist On Mediabase
In Brief - September 1, 2015
August 31, 2015
Scooter Braun Joins NASH Next Country Music Talent Competition
In Brief - August 31, 2015
August 28, 2015
iHeartMedia Promotes Hardin, Zellner and Maynard
WZMP (96.5 AMP Radio)/Philly New Line-Up Announced
KLUC/Las Vegas Adds Kayla To Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo
88Nine Radio Milwaukee Promotes Ken Sumka To APD & Justin Barney to MD
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, iHeartRadio joins Chegg for Music101 Series
Mark “Shark” Ediss Named Afternoon Drive Host At Y100/Savannah
August 27, 2015
Cumulus Goes Underground Alternative In New Orleans
August 26, 2015
Subaru Embraces HD Radio Receivers
Cort Johnson Named APD/Morning Co-Host on 101.9 KINK/Portland
Howard Stern Presents "Booey 25" On SiriusXM Channels
August 25, 2015
Sony Music Entertainment Acquires Century Group
UMG Names Jeffrey Remedios President & CEO/Universal Music Canada
Where Hip Hop Lives App Now Available to International Audiences
August 24, 2015
Leslie Scott Named Program Director Of KNDD/Seattle
Music News
Rick Ross to Drop Surprise LP This Week
Quick Hits: Power 105.1 Powerhouse, Alabama Shakes, Garbage, Avril Lavgine / Chad Kroeger, Neko Case
Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus / Saturday Night Live, Made In America Festival, Tori Kelly, The SpongeBob Musical
Taylor Swift Wins Big At MTV VMAs
Rockers Disturbed Earn Fifth #1 Album
FMQB Photo Pass: Van Halen
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber Debuts New Single
Quick Hits: Nicki Minaj, Adele, OMI
Demi Lovato Feeling "Confident" on Fifth LP
Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Omarion, Soundgarden
Pharrell, Demi Lovato & More Added To MTV VMAs Lineup
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, HBO, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas
MTV To Honor Kanye West
Quick Hits: One Direction, Missy Elliott / The Voice, Azealia Banks, Meg Myers, Coheed and Cambria, Ben Folds
FMQB NOW

Mike McVay
SVP/Content & Programming
Cumulus Media

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!