Richard Caputo

Richard Caputo

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FJA Remembers Judge Richard Caputo

Senior U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo, who presided over courtrooms in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for years, passed away March 11, 2020 at the age of 81.

Judge Caputo was remembered by Chief Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania  Christopher C. Conner as “a judge’s judge – a strong, direct, impartial and erudite jurist”; and by those who knew him as bright, consistent and fair.

Caputo was a graduate of Brown University, then studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He worked in private practice in Wilkes-Barre before serving in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps. Caputo later worked as an assistant public defender then returned to private practice in Kingston until 1997. Caputo was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1997 to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He assumed senior status in 2009.