William Francis Pepper is a barrister in the United Kingdom and admitted to the bar in numerous jurisdictions in the United States of America.. William Pepper was a friend of Martin Luther King in the last year of his life. Some years after King’s death, Bill Pepper went on to represent James Earl Ray in his guilty plea, and subsequent conviction. Pepper believes that Ray was framed by the federal government and that King was killed by a conspiracy that involved the FBI, the CIA, the military, the Memphis police and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis. He later represented James Earl Ray in a televised mock trial in an attempt to get Ray the trial that he never had.
He then represented the King family in a wrongful death civil trial, King family vs. Loyd Jowers and “other unknown co-conspirators.” During a trial that lasted four weeks Bill produced over seventy witnesses. Jowers, testifying by deposition, stated that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat, and not involved in the assassination. Jowers testified that Memphis police officer Earl Clark fired the fatal shots. On December 8, 1999, the Memphis jury found Jowers responsible and found that the assassination plot included also “governmental agencies.” The jury took less than an hour to find in favor of the King family for the requested sum of $100.
Pepper has written two important books on the Martin Luther King assassination, Orders to Kill — The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, and An Act of State, the Execution of Martin Luther King. A third and final volume has been recently completed.
Since 2007, William Pepper has represented Sirhan Sirhan, the gunman convicted in the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968. Pepper assembled a team to investigate the assassination, bringing his formidable writing and research skills to the case. Attorney Laurie Dusek has worked as an associate counsel, and Harvard University expert on hypno-programming Dr. Daniel Brown has done outstanding work in unlocking Sirhan’s mind during over 70 hours of visits.
Pepper’s website is http://www.williampepper.com/