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Man sets himself on fire outside Trump trial courthouse

NEW YORK — A person self-immolated outside a Manhattan courthouse where former President Trump’s first criminal trial was underway, police confirmed to The Hill.

The incident occurred earlier this week in a park outside the courthouse where protests against President Trump’s trial were taking place, prompting a massive emergency response. Ambulances lined up on the block where the person had self-immolated.

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A video of the situation posted on social media platform

Witnesses told PIX11 News they were standing next to the man when he poured flammable liquid on them, told the woman to “stand back,” and then set him on fire. Ta. Witnesses said he had made statements of a political nature before the incident.

It is unclear whether the incident is related to Trump’s trial. At the same time, the full jury to hear the case was formally selected.

The 12 main jurors and six alternate jurors have been seated, allowing the trial to proceed with opening statements Monday.

The jury selection process lasted four days. Several prospective jurors who were ultimately excused expressed concerns about serving on a high-profile panel that was expected to attract media attention.

Before moving forward, Trump’s lawyers are scheduled to discuss his possible trial testimony at a hearing this afternoon, with the judge saying that if he takes the stand, prosecutors will It will determine what topics can be cross-examined. The process is intended to allow President Trump to make an informed decision about whether to testify.

The subject spans decisions from 13 different courts in which Trump has been involved in other cases.
President Trump is accused of falsifying business records in connection with a hush-money deal with an adult film actress made before the 2016 election. He pleaded not guilty.

Updated at 2:10 p.m.

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