First Assistant District Attorney Richard Huntington Pepper received his undergraduate degree from Marietta College in 1970, where he was on the wrestling and crew teams. In 1974, he received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Attorney Pepper has been a criminal law attorney for more than forty-five years, almost thirty-six of which have been as a prosecutor. He has served as an Assistant District Attorney focusing on major crimes, a Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General assigned to Statewide Investigating Grand Juries focusing on governmental corruption, and an Assistant United States Attorney focusing on organized crime. During his prosecution career, Attorney Pepper has successfully prosecuted cases ranging from the death penalty to animal abuse to stop sign violations, as well as almost everything in between.
Attorney Pepper is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for New Jersey, as well as both the Pennsylvania Superior and Commonwealth Courts, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Attorney Pepper is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Northampton County Bar Association, where he is the past chair of the Criminal Rules Committee. He has been a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, the Northampton County Bar Association, and numerous police departments. He has also been a guest commentator on the rights of rape victims on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Attorney Pepper is a certified NRA and FBI Police Firearms Instructor, an Adjunct Professor in Aviation Law for Lehigh County Community College, and an FAA Certified Multi-Engine, Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot.
He lives in Bethlehem and is married, with an adult daughter and three spoiled dogs, some of which like him.