MJ vs. Bubba the Love Sponge trial: Jury deliberations begin

4:34 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
Todd "M.J." Schnitt (left) and Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem (right) appear in a Hillsborough courtroom. Schnitt has filed a defamation lawsuit, saying Clem made offensive comments about him and his wife.

 

 PDF Document: bubba verdict form

Tampa, Florida -- Lawyers on both sides of the shock jock trial have given their closing arguments, and now the case is in the hands of the jury.

After more than two weeks of testimony, the defamation trial between radio hosts Todd "MJ" Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has entered its final showdown.

Each side rested its case Tuesday and on Wednesday morning were given 90 minutes each to address the jury.

Schnitt's attorneys told jurors Wednesday that Clem defamed Schnitt "out of sheer hatred." Clem's lawyer countered by saying that "context is everything."

Read: The jury's verdict form in the MJ vs. Bubba trial (PDF)

After a brief lunch break, the judge instructed the jury of their duties and allowed them to begin their deliberations.

Schnitt filed the suit, claiming Clem and his Bubba Radio Network defamed the Schnitts and incited Clem's fans, known as the "Bubba Army," to harass the family.

Clem testified that the statements outlined in Schnitt's lawsuit were opinion, hyperbole, satire and directed toward a public figure... therefore they're protected by the First Amendment.

With deliberations now under way, the alternate jurors have been dismissed and are free to talk about the trial.

One alternate juror, Alana Wilshire of Apollo Beach, was unconvinced of MJ's arguments of defamation.

WATCH: Alternate juror talks about MJ vs. Bubba case

"I think anybody that runs and cries and hides in their house because someone called them a name needs to grow up, [and] to develop thicker skin... especially if  you're in the public eye," Wilshire told 10 News.  

Wilshire added that the jury was a diverse mix of people, and was not sure if they'd agree with her conclusion.

You may also like...

Prostitute Roundup: 78 arrested in online sex sting

Sex blog: Tampa area school CFO busted over her dirty sex porn blog *warning, GRAPHIC*  

Nasty Nasty Dining: 10 of the nastiest restaurants in Tampa Bay in 2012

The KING lives:  Never before seen pictures of Elvis found in Florida warehouse

Forgive me Father: Priest calls 911 after getting stuck in handcuffs

Faces of Meth: Before and After pictures

Take us with you: Download the 10 News app for your iPad

Yowtch! Teen accidentally shoots off his penis, testicle

Political Pooch: What happened to Gov. Rick Scott's dog Reagan?

Hate crime? Middle Eastern man shot at Walmart for dating white girl 

Bikini Photos: 2012 Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant

Not racist? Restaurant says 'How to catch an illegal immigrant' t-shirt is not racist 

Marijuana candy: Cops say weed candy is newest drug on the street

Money Mondays: How you can search for unclaimed cash

Sex Offender Mugshots: Look up Florida Sex Offenders here

Bikinis, mud, trucks: The Redneck Yacht Club

Photos: Ex-Charlie Sheen Goddess Bree Olson

Naughty Schoolgirls: Naughty schoolgirl night at Tampa club pictures

Outrageous mug shot galleries...

Strange: Some of the most unusual mug shots we've seen

Notorious Women: Bad girls behind bars

Teachers: Teacher arrest mugshots

Celebrities: The rich and famous have their own booking photos

Jaw droppers: Open mouth mug shots

Laughers: What's so funny mug shots

Prostitutes: Prostitute mug shots

Athletes: Professional athlete mug shots 

Porn arrests: Child porn arrest mug shots 

Local Mugs: Hillsborough County Mug shots

More unusual mug shots and galleries: 10 News slideshows and galleries


Most Watched Videos