Attorney's Pants Catch On Fire In Courtroom

March 10, 2017

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Courtrooms can be filled with drama when a person's life is at stake.  The trial of Claudy Charles was no exception as the 48-year old was facing a jury of his peers in a Dade County courtroom, accused of intentionally setting his car on fire. His attorney, 28-year old Stephen Gutierrez argued that his client's car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set on fire. As he was addressing the jury during his closing statement, smoke began to rise from his right pant pocket.  Soon the smoke began to billow as he ran out of the courtroom and the judge cleared the courtroom.  Although one would be quick to say, "Liar, liar, pants on fire" Gutierrez's pants were on fire thanks to a faulty e-cigarette in his pocket.  Shortly after extinguishing the flames, Gutierrez returned, with a singed pant pocket, to finish.  Unlucky for him and his client, the jury didn't buy the spontaneous combustion story and Claudy Charles was found guilty.  Now Gutierrez is being investigated for the smoking pocket incident as the judge could find him in contempt.

SOURCE: Miami Herald

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