Robert Budd Dwyer was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1971 to 1981. Before his death he was convicted of accepting a bribe on December 22, 1986. Throughout his trial he maintained that he was innocent and that he was framed. On January 22, 1987, the day before he was to be sentenced, Budd called a press conference. During the press conference he stopped reading from his notes and handed out three envelopes. He then grabbed another envelope and pulled out a .357 caliber revolver and said to the people gathered in the room, “Please, please leave the room if this will…if this will affect you.” The crowd screamed, “Budd don’t!” over and over until he put the gun in his mouth with cameras rolling and shot himself in the head. In 2010, William T. Smith, the prosecution’s primary witness against Budd Dwyer admitted that he lied under oath about Dwyer accepting a bribe in hopes of receiving a lighter sentence for his own crimes.