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The Nation

March 04, 1985

A Lutheran pastor jailed for defying members of his congregation, his bishop and finally a judge by refusing to halt radical pro-labor speeches from the pulpit, is scheduled to be freed today along with four of his supporters. The Rev. D. Douglas Roth, 33, who was fired as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in the Pittsburgh suburb of Clairton, is finishing a jail term of 112 days. Roth and his supporters are expected to resume the confrontational tactics they have used for several years to focus attention on blue-collar unemployment in the steel-making communities around Pittsburgh.

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