MIAMI (AP) — A former South Florida lawyer whose pants caught on fire throughout a 2017 arson trial has been charged with cocaine possession, authorities stated.
Stephen Gutierrez, 32, was pulled over on Monday night time for a damaged headlight, in keeping with a Miami-Dade police report.
An officer famous a bulge in Gutierrez’s pocket, which he thought was a knife, officers stated. The bulge turned out to be a cylinder container with a bag of white powder inside, officers stated. As the officer inspected the substance, Gutierrez blurted out, “That’s cocaine,” in keeping with the arrest report.
Gutierrez was arrested and brought to jail. He posted bond on Tuesday morning. Jail data didn’t record whether or not he had an legal professional who might remark.
Gutierrez made headlines 4 years in the past whereas he was defending a consumer who was accused of setting his automobile on fire for insurance coverage money. During the March 2017 trial, Gutierrez was explaining that the incident was a results of spontaneous combustion when his pants caught fire.
Prosecutors couldn’t show Gutierrez had acted with legal intent. Gutierrez claimed the fire had coincidentally been ignited throughout his protection by the battery from his e-cigarette.
According to Florida Bar data, Gutierrez’s preliminary suspension was related to the arson case. The bar’s complaint stated Gutierrez’s case lacked advantage, his actions throughout courtroom proceedings precipitated prejudice and so they have been “contrary to honesty and justice.”
The bar didn’t present on-line data for the revocation of Gutierrez’s license in October.
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