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Day 4 of Trump’s Criminal Trial: Five Takeaways

The first week of the criminal trial of Donald J. Trump ended with a disturbing jolt: a 37-year-old man set himself on fire outside the courthouse, an event that overshadowed the legal proceedings inside.

The news of the immolation rippled through the press corps just after the final members of Mr. Trump’s jury — including 12 seated jurors and six alternates — were sworn in. Reporters rushed from the Lower Manhattan courtroom.

But the trial’s pace, which has been faster than expected, did not slack. After lunch, Justice Juan M. Merchan conducted a hearing to determine which questions prosecutors might ask Mr. Trump if he were to testify in his own defense.

Mr. Trump, 77, is charged with falsifying 34 business records in an attempt to cover up a payment to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who has said they has a sexual encounter in 2006. Prosecutors have said he did so to better his chances of winning election. He has denied the charges; the former president could face probation or prison if convicted.

Opening statements in the case are expected Monday.

Here are five takeaways from Mr. Trump’s fourth day, and the first week, on trial:

We have our jury. And many are probably familiar with the Lexington Avenue subway.

The process was grueling at times, but we have a panel of 12 Manhattanites who comprise the jury, and six alternates, who will hear the evidence and may be called upon to step in if jurors are excused or disqualified.

It is a diverse bunch, both in their neighborhoods and professions: a Harlem educator, a Chelsea tech worker, a product manager from Upper Manhattan. The alternates who were added Friday included a fashion worker from Chinatown, an information technology specialist from Inwood, and an unemployed woman from Murray Hill.

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