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.