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September 26, 2013

VAN HOY: Playing politics in Clark County



I am normally the staffer who approves — or doesn’t approve for those of you who resort to name-calling — web comments on articles and columns.

Boy are some of you passionate about whether or not David Camm committed the murders he’s on trial for.

The Camm case is different than most we cover, including in the way many readers react to it.

It may be because it’s the third trial for Camm for the murder of his wife and kids. The general public in Southern Indiana, as a whole, is more informed on the case and trial than anything else we publish in the newspaper and at

There are readers who are convinced — beyond any doubt — that Camm committed the murders. There seems to be about the same number of folks who are sure — beyond any doubt — that Camm is enduring a third trial and has spent 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

As an innocent bystander, it’s interesting to me that anyone — especially people who aren’t family members or friends — could be that certain either way; that they couldn’t at least imagine a scenario where the other side was correct.

To go along with the theme of the first part of my column, it reminds me a lot of politics and the two-party system, where the other side is never right.

— Shea Van Hoy is editor of the News and Tribune. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @sheavanhoy.

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