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Series IV. Legal Documents, 1984-1994

Scope and Content Notes:

The documents in this series are concerned mainly with the legal troubles of Rev. D. Douglas Roth. Early in 1984, Roth was removed from his position at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clairton, Pa., by the bishop of the Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod of the Lutheran Church in America. Roth ignored the order so that he would be granted a disciplinary hearing before church authorities to plead his case; however, the bishop filed a civil court complaint instead. Roth was jailed in contempt of court for failing to appear at his hearing and for conducting services. He remained in jail for several months because he refused to sign a paper that would end his term at Trinity Lutheran Church. Also included are legal documents regarding the DMX's resistance to developers George and Damien Zamias erecting a shopping mall in Frazer Township, Pa.

Folder 11-15 Bishop Kenneth May and Western PA - West Virginia Synod v. Trinity Lutheran Church and D. Douglas Roth 1982-1983
Folder 16 Commonwealth v. D. Douglas Roth v. Rev. William Rex Jr. Transcript, undated
Folder 17 Bishop Kenneth May and Western PA-West Virginia Synod v. Trinity Lutheran Church, D. Douglas Roth and Nadine Roth Transcript, 1985
Folder 18 Bishop Kenneth May and Western PA-West Virginia Synod v. Trinity Lutheran Church, D. Douglas Roth and Nadine Roth Transcript, 1988
Folder 19-20 Commonwealth v. Dewey Douglas Roth Transcript, 1985
Folder 21 Bishop Kenneth May and Western PA-West Virginia Synod v. Trinity Lutheran Church, D. Douglas Roth and Nadine Roth Legal Documents, 1986
Folder 22 Motion for the Release of Rev. Roth, 1985
Folder 23 Bishop Kenneth May and Western PA-West Virginia Synod v. Trinity Lutheran Church and Rev. D. Douglas Roth and Members Injunction, 1984
Folder 24 George and Damien Zamias v. Denominational Ministry Strategy Extended Legal Documents, 1994

Box 3
Folder 1 Motion for the Release of Rev. Roth, 1984