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Prison Source Fights Subpoena

July 14, 2018

A Nicholson man with close ties to some of the women who allege Lackawanna County Prison guards sexually abused them is fighting a subpoena from an attorney representing numerous guards named in a federal civil lawsuit. David Davison, 51, says attorney Sean McDonough subpoenaed him to testify at a deposition in a lawsuit filed by two women. McDonough represents 27 current and former prison employees who are among 33 defendants in a 2016 lawsuit filed by Scranton attorney Matthew Comerford. Davison filed a motion asking Senior U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo to excuse him from testifying in the civil case. Davison told The Times-Tribune he has no connection to the civil suit. He said he suspects McDonough subpoenaed him because he knows several of the women alleging abuse and has contacts in the jail who provide him with information regarding wrongdoings. “I believe they want to find out who my confidential sources are inside the prison,” Davison said. Davison said he also believes McDonough should be required to advise him in advance why his testimony would be relevant. “Whatever I know, they should be able to get from persons other than myself who are closer to the matter,” he said. McDonough will have an opportunity to respond to the motion. Caputo will take the matter under advisement and issue a ruling at a later date. Contact the writer: tbesecker@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9137; @tmbeseckerTT on Twitter

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