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Lawyer Gives New Meaning To “Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire”

We’ve all heard the schoolyard rhyme “liar, liar, pants on fire,” but a Miami lawyer has given it new meaning. In an arson case, defense attorney Stephen Gutierrez was arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set on fire. As Gutierrez was making his case to the jury, he was simultaneously fiddling in his pocket. Before he knew it, smoke began billowing out of his right pocket and he rushed out of the courtroom, leaving spectators stunned. After jurors were ushered out, Gutierrez returned unharmed, with a singed pocket. He insisted that the event was not a staged defense demonstration gone wrong. Instead, he blamed a faulty battery in an e-cigarette he was carrying in his pocket. In the end, Gutierrez lost his case and his client was sentenced to a year in jail for arson.