Defense lawyer claims he wasn’t staging it when his pants caught fire during arson case

Defense lawyer claims he wasn’t staging it when his pants caught fire during arson case
Stephen Gutierrez, pants-on-fire lawyer. (Image via Miami Herald)

[Ed. – Uh-huh.  Color me skeptical.  Note: pants-on-fire jokes = too easy. Points deducted for them.]

A Miami defense lawyer’s pants burst into flames Wednesday afternoon as he began his closing arguments in front of a jury — in an arson case.

Stephen Gutierrez, who was arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set on fire, had been fiddling in his pocket as he was about to address jurors when smoke began billowing out his right pocket, witnesses told the Miami Herald.

He rushed out of the Miami courtroom, leaving spectators stunned. After jurors were ushered out, Gutierrez returned unharmed, with a singed pocket, and insisted it wasn’t a staged defense demonstration gone wrong, observers said.

Instead, Gutierrez blamed a faulty battery in an e-cigarette, witnesses told the Miami Herald.

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