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Donald Trump arrives court to face trial in hush payment case, first ex-president of US to face criminal trial

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Donald Trump has arrived at a New York court set to stand trial over alleged “hush money” payments to a porn star and a Playboy model, in the first ever criminal case brought against a former US President.

Donald Trump’s trial on Monday begins with jury selection, which is expected to last about a week.

Justice Juan Merchan has made public the questionnaire that all potential jurors will answer.

The 42 questions include which media outlets the potential jurors follow, if they have ever attended a Trump rally and if they support movements such as QAnon, Proud Boys or Antifa.
The questionnaire also asks if they have strong beliefs about Trump or the case. Another question reads, “Do you have any feelings or opinions about how Mr. Trump is being treated in this case?”

Some individuals may be automatically disqualified from the jury based on their answers to the questionnaire.
About 100 potential jurors at a time are expected to be brought into the courtroom where defense attorneys and the prosecution will ask them questions.

The lawyers can reject anyone “for cause” when their answers suggest the person may not be impartial. Each side can also reject 10 for almost any reason through “peremptory challenges.”

The process ends when 12 jurors and up to six alternates are chosen.