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Self-Immolation Outside Trump Trial In New York

A police officer uses a fire extinguisher as emergency personnel respond to a report of a person covered in flames, outside the courthouse where former U.S. President Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial is underway, in New York, US, April 19, 2024. (photo credit: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID) via TJP

CNN reporters said they saw a man engulfed in flames for more than three minutes.

“I see a totally charred human being,” one of them said on air.

A man set himself on fire on Friday outside the New York courthouse where Donald Trump’s historic hush-money trial is underway.

First responders extinguished the man, placed him on a gurney, and evacuated him for medical attention.

Details about the person or his motive were unclear as of Friday afternoon New York time.

The shocking development came shortly after jury selection for the trial was completed, clearing the way for prosecutors and defense attorneys to make opening statements next week in a case stemming from hush money paid to a porn star.

It would be the second such act in the United States in recent months, following US airman Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC in February in protest against what Bushnell called a “genocide” in Gaza.

12 jurors and 6 alternates will take part in the trial.

The 12 jurors, along with six alternates, will consider evidence in a first-ever trial to determine whether a former U.S. president is guilty of breaking the law.

The jury consists of seven men and five women, mostly employed in white-collar professions: two corporate lawyers, a software engineer, a speech therapist and an English teacher.

Most are not native New Yorkers, hailing from across the United States and countries like Ireland and Lebanon.

Trump is accused of covering up a $130,000 payment his former lawyer Michael Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election to keep quiet about a sexual encounter she says they had a decade earlier.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and denies any such encounter with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Trump has pleaded not guilty in three other criminal cases as well, but this is the only one certain to go to trial ahead of the Nov. 5 election, when the Republican politician aims to again take on Democratic President Joe Biden.

A conviction would not bar him from office.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this  developing story. – CNN/TJP

Source: CNN via TJP

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