This story is just too perfect.

On Wednesday, Stephen Gutierrez — a lawyer in South Beach — was about to deliver his closing argument in defense of his client, who was being tried in an arson case. While trying to explain his client’s innocence, his pants caught on fire. Literally.

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.

Liar, liar, pants literally on fire?

Just kidding, it’s tough to really know what happened at this point. But the irony here is unreal. I mean, Hollywood couldn’t come up with this sort of joke.

At this point, the lawyer is staying particularly quiet on this issue with the media. I guess he doesn’t want to fan any of the flames of this trial.

This incident is being investigated and Gutierrez could possibly be held in contempt. This trial certainly has turned fiery, hasn’t it?

[Miami Herald]

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Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri and has recently returned to his Minnesota roots. He previously has worked for the Columbia Missourian, KFAN radio in Minneapolis and Feel free to email me at rwilliamson29 AT Gmail dot com.