Miami Lawyer Caught Wearing Hot Pants

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.

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5 thoughts on “Miami Lawyer Caught Wearing Hot Pants

  1. Lawyers’ stunts aside, he may have a point. I was helping a friend move a few years back and I noticed this guy in the parking lot lovingly polishing his car with one of those electric, lambswool buffers. He obviously loved that car. The next morning, I came back to help finish the move, the car was parked in exactly the same spot, and smoke was beginning to billow out from underneath the hood.
    Fortunately, the place had a fire hose and I managed to put it out before the fire department arrived. That thing just went up in flames all by itself. (Maybe a little gas leak over a hot manifold?) If you’ve never seen a car fire, up close and personal, they can be quite impressive. Thick black smoke billowing everywhere, and the possibility that something under the hood or the gas tank (or both) will explode. Luckily, I had my fire turnout gear on. (T-shirt and jeans). The fire department was bummed because by the time they got there, all there was to do was clean up and recoil the fire hose.

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  2. Mike – I’ve been up close and personal while in patrol. You always think about the gas tank. I was also stupid enough to run into a burning house looking for the elderly resident. I will never ever do it again.

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