Witness against Stevens says he lied on stand

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the government's witnesses against convicted Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska now says he wasn't truthful on the stand.

David Anderson, who worked on Stevens' house for VECO founder Bill Allen, testified during the trial that there was no agreement with the Justice Department for immunity for him, his family or friends in exchange for his testimony.

Anderson now says he did have an understanding with the Justice Department. This came out Friday in a letter Anderson wrote to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.

Stevens' lawyers want a hearing on Anderson's allegations. The Justice Department had no immediate comment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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