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Man sets himself on fire outside Trump trial courthouse

A man in New York set himself on fire outside the courthouse where former US President Donald Trump is on trial. The incident occurred in a designated protest area for pro and anti-Trump demonstrators.

The New York Police Department has initiated an investigation, responding to the fire at around 1:37pm local time. The man has been hospitalized in critical condition. Jury selection for Trump’s hush money trial concluded with 12 jurors and six alternatives chosen.

Video footage on social media shows the man on fire on the pavement, with another individual using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Police arrived at the scene as the fire was extinguished.

Freelance photojournalist Ed Quinn witnessed the event, describing the man deliberately pouring gasoline on himself before igniting it. Trump was present at the courthouse but was preparing to leave when the incident occurred.

The trial marks the first criminal trial of a US president, with Trump accused of altering business records to cover up payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who allege affairs with him during his 2016 election campaign.

Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records and could face up to four years in prison if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty. In court, one prospective juror was excused due to anxiety, while another broke down in tears, expressing nervousness and anxiety before being excused.

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