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In case you missed Donald Trump's hush money trial, here are this week's highlights

Josephine Stratman, New York Daily News on

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Thursday

Several more jurors were selected, bringing the total to 12 jurors and one alternative. One of the 12 jurors follows Trump on Truth Social and has read “The Art of the Deal,” while another confessed she didn’t “like his persona.”

“He’s very selfish and self-serving, so I don’t appreciate that in any public servant,” she said. “I don’t know him as a person, so I don’t know how he is in terms of his integrity. It’s just not my cup of tea.”

Two jurors were also dismissed: One told the court she was frightened after her friends and family had guessed she was on the panel from her description in media reports and worried about her ability to remain impartial.

The other excused juror — who earlier called Trump “fascinating and mysterious” — was excused after it was discovered a man with the same name was arrested for tearing down right-wing political posters in the ‘90s.

Prosecutor Conroy also said that Trump had violated his gag order seven more times since Monday.

The “most disturbing” instance, the DA’s lawyer said, was a Truth Social post made Wednesday night that reads: “They are catching undercover Liberal Activists lying to the Judge in order to get on the Trump Jury.”

“It’s ridiculous,” Conroy said. “It has to stop.”

Friday

 

Court proceedings went uninterrupted in the afternoon after a shocking self-immolation in front of the courthouse. One court officer was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, Al Baker, a spokesperson for the court, said.

Just before the incident, jury selection wrapped as five more alternates were selected, rounding out the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates.

Four women and one man were selected as the last alternates Friday afternoon, including a woman who said “I don’t believe in watching news” and an audio expert who offered to help solve microphone issues in the courtroom.

The jury of 12 men and women with a total of six alternates will begin hearing the case Monday.

Emotions ran high in the courtroom as several prospective jurors shed tears or voiced concerns about serving as jurors for the highly scrutinized trial.

“I think, possibly, I have really bad anxiety,” one woman told the court. “The more days that go on and more and more people in my life know that I’m here without me even telling them, they just put pieces together.”

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