July 12, 2008
Separation? What Separation ? This is Incarceration

There's something that I find nagging and persistently bothersome about this story . I can’t seem to get a handle around anything clearly legally wrong except that this process violates the separation of church and state doctrine. Judges meeting defendants in a church? Quite odd indeed.

Perhaps all those concentration camps being built by KBR or Halliburton need processing facilities and this method is the best way to test how well such a system would work.

Authorities say 221 people have turned themselves in to authorities at a Columbia church. Bible Way Church is hosting the Fugitive Safe Surrender program, which encourages anyone with an outstanding warrant against them to turn themselves in.

Judges, defense attorneys and prosecutors are at the church so they can all take a look at the case. Most nonviolent offenders should be able to leave the church with a court date and a lawyer. Others may have their charges dropped or a deal worked out after a judge reviews the case.


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Posted by Buck Batard at July 12, 2008 06:12 AM
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The Philadelphia Daily News used to have a columnist who hardly had time to write for all the fugitives turning themselves in to him, sometimes several a day.

They learned they had warrants outstanding against them, or learned they were suspects in some crime, and they just didn't trust the police or the criminal justice system as a whole. (And I don't blame them.) If they went to the newspaper guy, they figured, at least they'd be alive when they got to jail.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on July 12, 2008 2:41 PM

Chuck Stone was his name. According to Google, 75 accused murderers surrendered to him.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on July 13, 2008 3:49 PM
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