State senator rescinds subpoena for video in inmate death

A Republican state senator is appealing to the Department of Corrections commissioner in an effort to get surveillance video related to an inmate’s death.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports 20-year-old Davon Mosley died in 2014 while in solitary confinement at an Anchorage jail. The mother of his three kids says the state settled a lawsuit with the family for $625,000 earlier this year.

The settlement ordered lawyers in the case to keep the video confidential. The Senate Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to get the video, but Senate President Kevin Meyer rescinded it less than a month later over concerns that the request may have impacted other pending cases.

Sen. Lesil McGuire chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her husband’s law firm represented the Mosley family, which also worried Meyer.

McGuire says she’ll reword the subpoena if her appeal is unsuccessful.