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August 24, 2013

Lawyer trying to free Ala. pastor from jail

HUNTSVILLE — AP) — A defense lawyer is trying to win the freedom of a popular Birmingham-area youth evangelist following his second arrest on a charge of trying to impersonate police.

Attorney Daniel Boman tells WBRC-TVhe's asking a court to reinstate probation for Matt Pitt, who is now jailed in Shelby County.

The 30-year-old Pitt was arrested this week after a judge revoked his probation from a case last year.

Pitt pleaded guilty in 2012 to trying to impersonate a police officer, and he was charged with the same offense this summer.

Pitt gave a rambling TV interview before police say he fled officers and jumped off a 45-foot cliff in Birmingham.

Pitt started a ministry called "The Basement" in 2004, and it grew into one of the nation's largest youth ministries.

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