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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/03/2017

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MIAMI — A Miami lawyer had to abruptly leave the courtroom recently when his pants caught on fire. Making the story even more unusual? He was the defence lawyer for an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez was in the middle of arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted, and was not intentionally set on fire, when smoke began billowing out of his pocket, according to the Miami Herald. The 28-year-old rushed out of the courtroom and later returned with a singed pocket, blaming a faulty battery in an e-cigarette. Despite the distraction, the accused was later convicted of second-degree arson. And a circuit judge could hold Gutierrez in contempt of court.

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