A common cliche states lawyers are untrustworthy or guilty of stretching the truth to win a case. In an ironic twist, a Florida – of course – defense attorney was appearing in court when his pants burst into flames.
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.
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.
So wait, the lawyer was making a case for spontaneous combustion, then his pants just happened to suffer a spontaneous combustion? Personally I think this incident will ensure Gutierrez’s client will get hosed, and Gutierrez will be subsequently fired.