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Six Years After Suicide, New Trial Sought To Clear Budd Dwyer

July 26, 1993

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ A new trial is being sought to clear the name of R. Budd Dwyer, the state treasurer who committed suicide at a news conference in 1987 the day before he was to be sentenced in a bribery-conspiracy case.

After consulting with Dwyer’s family, attorney Donald E. Lewis filed the retrial request in U.S. District Court on Friday.

Dwyer was convicted of 11 counts including conspiracy, interstate travel in aid of racketeering, mail fraud and perjury.

He was tried on allegations he conspired with former state Republican Chairman Robert B. Asher to accept $300,000 from a computer company in return for getting a no-bid state contract.

Dwyer, 47, shot himself in the head at a Harrisburg news conference where he had insisted on his innocence.

In his motion, Lewis contends Judge Malcolm Muir gave prosecutors too much latitude in leading witnesses, resulting in prejudicial evidence, and allowed hearsay evidence.

He also contends Dwyer’s trial counsel was ineffective.

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