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Benjy Hamm

Benjy Hamm is director of the Institute for Rural Journalism at the University of Kentucky. He previously served as editorial director for Landmark Community Newspapers and also worked as an editor for newspapers in South Carolina and Virginia. He can be reached at

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Murdaugh trial can be a model for how judges balance free press and fair trial issues

The Alex Murdaugh murder trial in South Carolina is a good example of how a judge can balance the free press needs of the media with the defendant’s fundamental right to a fair trial, according to ...

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