Stephen Gutierrez was in the middle of defending Claudy Charles (left), 48, when an odd thing happened: his pants spontaneously caught on fire. It did not help that his client is accused of intentionally setting his car on fire in South Miami-Dade. Gutierrez was arguing that the car spontaneously combusted when his pants did so.
Gutierrez was fiddling in his pocket during his closing argument when smoke began billowing out his right pocket. He ran out of the courtroom and return later with a singed pocket. He insisted that this was not a staged scene but rather a faulty battery in an e-cigarette. However, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman is considering whether to hold Gutierrez in contempt of court. It will come down to whether he thought this was a stunt or an incredible freak accident.
In the end, Charles was found guilty of second-degree arson anyway.