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Defense attorney’s pants catches fire in courtroom while defending man accused of arson

By Mason White 3:58 PM March 13, 2017
Claudy Charles
Claudy Charles
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) Members of a jury thought that it was all part of an act when the suspect’s attorney rushed out of the courtroom after his pants caught on fire.

The incident unfolded in Florida, when 28-year-old Stephen Gutierrez of Miami, made closing arguments about his client, 49-year-old Claudy Charles.

Charles has been charged with arson after being accused of setting his car on fire. While making his closing arguments before the members of the jury, Gutierrez felt his leg getting hot.

He then realized that the electronic cigarette he kept in his pants pocket caught on fire. While Gutierrez told the jury that his client’s car exploded in a ball of fire on its own, the lawyer’s pants began burning.

Gutierrez ran out of the courtroom and rushed to the bathroom to extinguish the flames. He then returned to the courtroom with the burned pants.

He told the jury that the incident was not staged. The spectacle did not help his client, and Charles was convicted of second-degree arson.

The judge said that he might hold the attorney in contempt of court for the spectacle.