MANCHESTER - John Becknell enters the courtroom and finds his usual spot in the front row, just behind the prosecutor's table.
Becknell - a devout Christian known to many as "Brother John" - pulls out a pen and an inch-thick docket, mostly of drug and alcohol cases. For the next three hours, he takes diligent notes on the judge's actions, the attendance of police officers, repeat offenders making another appearance, and so on.
The purpose? To make sure drug offenders in eastern Kentucky are getting what they deserve.
Frustrated with widespread drug abuse - especially of easily accessible prescription painkillers - a handful of mountain churches are moving away from their traditional role as a refuge for the poor and addicted. Now they're more interested in law enforcement.
This from the Cincinnati Post.