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Man sets himself on fire outside court where Donald Trump is facing trial

A yet to be identified man has set himself on fire outside the court where former president of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, is facing trial in a presumed case of self-immolation.

Mr. Trump, it could be recalled, is facing trial at Lower Manhattan Court over hush money paid to a stripper.

Reports say that he right inside the court as the man’s body was engulfed in flames for at least three minutes.

A CNN anchor said on air that she saw a totally charred human being.

According to the report, the man doused himself in a flammable liquid and after wards set himself on fire.

The had positioned himself in an area designated for protest outside the courthouse.

The act reportedly horrified onlookers who fled screaming, as police rushed to the scene and tried to put out the fire.

Did the man survive?

According to reports, his condition is not known at the time he was taken away to hospital.

Witnesses confirmed that the man doused himself with liquid in Collect Pond Park.

Soon, thereafter, orange flames engulfed him as he wriggled in pain and anguish.

The man, who appeared to be alive, was taken on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance.

Videos circulating on social media captured the harrowing moment as smoke billowed near the courthouse.

What is the motive of the self-immolation?

The man’s motive behind the self-immolation remains unclear.

This extreme act of protest, however, has left many shocked and concerned about the impact of such events on public discourse and political tensions.

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It serves as a stark reminder of the intensity surrounding Trump’s legal proceedings and the emotions they evoke.

Meanwhile, the courthouse recorded a heavy police presence due to the high-profile nature of the case.

The incident occurred just moments after jury selection was completed in Trump’s hush-money case.

The case marked the first criminal trial of a former United States president in history.

What is Trump accused of

Trump is facing allegations related to a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The payment was to prevent her claims of a sexual encounter with him from becoming public during 2016 election.

Opening statements in the trial are expected to begin on Monday, April 22, 2024, by 9:30 AM.

Former President Trump faces a total of 88 charges across four criminal cases.

These charges include 44 federal charges and 44 state charges, all of which are felonies.

Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing in each case.

Ex-United States President, Donald Trump

Ex-United States President, Donald Trump, facing trial

What do the charges include?

Here’s a breakdown of the charges:

1. Georgia Election Interference Case — 10 charges, 1 Racketeering and 1 Soliciting or impersonating a public officer.

Further 8 counts are related to forgery or false statements and documents.

The most sweeping charge in this case is Trump’s alleged violation of Georgia’s powerful anti-racketeering law.

It allows prosecutors to charge a large group of people in a complex web of potential crimes.

The indictment claims that Trump and others were part of a criminal enterprise that refused to accept his election loss and conspired to change the outcome.

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Other counts involve soliciting or impersonating a public officer, forgery and false statements.

The false documents are related to the plot to appoint fake electors and false voter fraud claims.

2. Federal January 6 Election Case — 4 charges and 1 count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

Others are 1 count of conspiracy against civil rights and 2 counts of obstruction.

Federal prosecutors are investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The conspiracy charges involve scheming to reverse the election results and keep Trump in power.

What are the rest of the charges against Trump?

The rest of the charges are:

3. New York Falsifying Business Records Case — 34 felony counts.

Trump was charged with falsifying business records in an indictment unsealed in New York, pleading not guilty to all charges.

4. In addition to the above cases, Trump faces 32 counts of willfully retaining classified information in violation of the Espionage Act.

6 of the counts are related to obstruction and 2 counts for allegedly giving false statements.

The most severe federal counts are related to obstruction, which is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

In any case, however, defendants rarely receive the maximum sentences according to legal sources.

Meanwhile, it remains uncertain if Trump would be incarcerated, even if he is found guilty in any of the cases.

Legal proceedings continue on Monday and the outcome remains closely watched by public and legal experts alike.

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