Regarding the threat to sue, O'Shea said: "This deposition is part of a public lawsuit against public institutions in Los Angeles. We have an obligation and a right to report on it, and we will."
The wrongful death suit, brought by Wallace's mother, Voletta Wallace, and his widow, Faith Evans, accuses the LAPD, and specifically Mack, of responsibility for the rap star's death.
Mack is serving a federal prison term for stealing $722,000 from a bank near USC. His former patrol partner, Perez, became the central figure in the scandal that rocked the LAPD's Rampart Division. Both men were on the police force when Wallace was gunned down.
Mack has never been charged in the killing and has denied any involvement. In 2005, in an accusation that has echoes in Anderson's claim, he said Sanders and another lawyer offered him financial inducements to cooperate with the family's lawsuit. At the time, Mack's lawyer referred the alleged offer to the U.S. attorney's office, which did not pursue the matter. Sanders denied the allegation.
Wallace was one of the two biggest stars in rap music when he was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting. The other, Tupac Shakur, was shot to death in Las Vegas the year before.
Various theories have linked the two homicides, neither of which has been solved. Some believe the two men were killed as part of a rivalry between East Coast and West Coast rappers, or between their two music labels, Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records, based in Los Angeles, and New York-based Bad Boy Entertainment.
In his deposition, conducted at the state Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at Corcoran prison, where he is incarcerated, Anderson testified that a fellow inmate, Kenneth Boagni, approached him sometime in 2001 and asked him to join a scheme to implicate the LAPD in the Wallace murder to aid the Wallace family lawsuit. He said he was promised 5% to 10% of any settlement.
Anderson said that Boagni, a one-time police informant serving a 40-year term for burglary, told him he had already received $25,000, beginning with a $2,500 payment from Sanders to repair plumbing at his mother's house. Anderson said a third convict, Mario Hammonds, was also in on the scheme.
"They wanted me to corroborate with them this story that they had concocted together," Anderson testified.
The story, he said, was that "we all three could verify that Rafael Perez and David Mack were involved with the crime of the murder of Christopher Wallace."
Anderson said he subsequently had a phone conversation with someone identifying himself as Sanders. "He asked me if I received the message from his guys, and the message was that he was willing to pay me for participation in the scam against the city," he said.
Asked for comment, Sanders said he had not been retained by the Wallace family and was not familiar with the case until after Boagni had left Corcoran. Therefore, he said, Boagni could not have told Anderson about Sanders' involvement.
The attorney said he became involved in the case after reading about it in Rolling Stone magazine, which published an article in its June 7, 2001, edition, which was available online May 18. Boagni was in Corcoran from Feb. 27 to May 24 of that year.
"The lawsuit that we filed that put my name out there in the public, we didn't file that until sometime in early 2002," Sanders said. "There was no way anybody would have known to get hold of me." The lawsuit was filed April 9, 2002.
In his testimony, Anderson said Boagni called Anderson's wife repeatedly this summer, renewing the promise of money if he testified as instructed. He said Boagni first offered $25,000, then $50,000, then $75,000, and that ultimately, Voletta Wallace, in a message delivered through another inmate, offered him $150,000.
Asked if the Wallace family denied those charges, Byers said: "It goes way beyond denial. They're demonstrably false and defamatory."