Lawyer’s Pants Caught Fire During Arson Trial
Stephen Gutierrez is a 28-year-old lawyer out of Miami, on Wednesday he was right in the middle of an arson trial. His client was accused of setting fire to his own car.
Right before Stephen made his closing argument, his pants caught fire. Smoke was pouring out of his right pocket and he made a beeline out of the courtroom.
Anybody else thinking “liar, liar, pants on fire” at this point?
He claims a faulty battery on his e-cigarette overheated, though it might have been intentional. During the trial, Stephen claimed his client’s car spontaneously combusted. The judge thinks it could have been a stunt to win over the jury and police are investigating.
If it was a stunt, the lawyer could be charged with contempt. And it didn’t help his client, by the way. The jury still found him guilty of second-degree arson.