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SCPA Attorney covers legal issues faced by newspapers.

Jay Bender recalls important cases for free presses in South Carolina.

Louis Sossamon

Jay Bender

Born: July 16, 1944 in Hominy, Oklahoma

Newspaper History:
- Counsel of SCPA and member newspapers since the early 1980's
- Media Law professor at the University of South Carolina

Honors and Awards:
- First recipient of Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information Chair at U.S.C.

- B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina 1970
- J.D. from the University of South Carolina 1975

Military Service: U.S. Army 1962-1966

Family:Married to Anne Cushman; children are Todd, Edward and Sumner Bender; stepdaughter Elizabeth Wiggers; six grandchildren

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The full interview is 1 hour 29 minutes long.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
-Reid Montgomery Chair (01:55-2:45)
-How Bender became SCPA's lawyer (3:00-4:28)
-Susan Smith trial (4:29-9:38)
-Twila Decker (9:45-14:55)
-Lost Trust trial (14:56-19:55)
-Open court cases (20:01-2403)
-FOIA Cases (24:04-28:50)
-Pre-publication censorship cases (29:00-36:43)
-Jim Fitts trial (36:53-41:27)
-Challenges for newspapers today (41:37-46:47)
-Memorable libel cases (46:58-50:21)
- Newspaper business models (50:38-52:59)

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