Tampa, Florida. A city where many a man has uttered the famous line: “she really liked me.”

Of course I’m talking about a lawyer who thought the opposing team’s Bond girl paralegal really liked him.  What did you think I was talking about?

The ABA Journal reports:

A paralegal repeatedly took the Fifth on Friday during a Florida court hearing on claims by an attorney that he had been set up by his opposing counsel for a driving-under-the-influence arrest in the midst of a high-profile Tampa trial. 

According to testimony Friday in a hearing to determine whether a mistrial should be granted, after Campbell and another lawyer on the Schnitt trial team stopped at Malio’s Prime Steakhouse in downtown Tampa for a drink around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Personius [the paralegal] told Campbell that her name is Melissa and she works for a well-known corporate law firm [opposing counsel in an ongoing trial]. 

About 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a lawyer at Adams & Diaco called his son’s godfather, a sergeant with the Tampa police, and reported that a man who drinks and drives was at Malio’s, the newspaper says. Two officers drove to a spot near the steakhouse and, at 9:50 p.m., arrested Campbell after he refused a breath test. Meanwhile, his trial bag, including his trial notes, was on the back seat of Personius’ vehicle. 

According to testimony, the trial bag went from Personius’ car on Thursday, to the vehicle of an attorney at Adams & Diaco, who drove it from her home to the law firm’s offices, then back to Personius. She then took a cab to the Shumaker firm and sent the driver up to deliver the bag.

My  Take:

That’s awesome. You couldn’t make up a better story. And in Tampa. Classic.

It’s hard to imagine a bigger bunch of losers than lawyers who go to the trouble to set up opposing counsel for DUI so they can riffle through his trial bag. It’s not litigation! It’s espionage!

And watch out when you get to the courtroom. “That woman is a lip reader.”