Friday again, and I didn’t have to search far for something funny. This just came roaring onto my computer screen:
Lawyer’s Pants Catch Fire During Florida Arson Trial
It seemed like a set up to a tired joke: A lawyer’s pants caught on fire in court.
But on Wednesday, it was Stephen Gutierrez’s reality when the Florida defense attorney’s pants began smoking during an arson trial, Eleventh Circuit Court Public Relations Director Eunice Sigler confirmed to NBC News Thursday.
Gutierrez, 28, was in the in the Miami-Dade county courtroom defending 49-year-old Claudy Charles, who was accused of setting his car alight.
But During his closing argument, Gutierrez began to feel heat coming from his pocket where he had several electric cigarette batteries, he told NBC News in an email.
As Gutierrez argued Charles’ car had merely spontaneously combusted, the lawyer’s pants seemed to do the same.
Witnesses in the courtroom told the Miami Herald the moment was “surreal,” as Gutierrez rushed out of the courtroom while smoke billowed from his pocket.
Gutierrez said as the heat intensified, he hurried into the bathroom where he tossed the battery in water. He was able to return to the courtroom with a singed pocket.
Yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it. And it is funny.