25 Kickass Random Facts List #219

February 22, 2016
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  1. Michael says:

    # 16 – The implication in the R. Budd Dwyer piece that William Smith lied in Dwyer’s trial that Smith offered and Dwyer took a bribe is contradicted by your own source, the Wikipedia article. The article states that it was “misreported” decades after Dwyer’s trial that Smith admitted in a documentary that he had lied at Dwyer’s trial. Actually, Smith admitted that he had lied in his own earlier trial when he testified that he had not offered a bribe. It was this admission that he made in the documentary and later at Dwyer’s trial. Smith’s concession that his testimony at Dwyer’s trial was motivated by a desire for leniency for himself and his wife, and his regret about the role his testimony played in Dwyer’s suicide, is not an admission that this testimony was false.

    1. Michael says:

      I have one minor correction to my correction. Smith testified at Dwyer’s trial that he offered a bribe to Dwyer and Dwyer agreed to accept it. The bribe, or kickback, was never paid because Smith’s client, Computer Technology Associates, withdrew from the state contract for which the kickback was offered after the federal investigation began. Even though the bribe was not paid, Dwyer’s agreement to accept it was sufficient to convict him.

      This is the link to the documentary in which Smith allegedly admitted to lying at Dwyer’s trial: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/honest-man-life-budd-dwyer/ Smith is interviewed, and he never recants his testimony at Dwyer’s trial. .

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