A former Metro Police officer who pleaded guilty to using excessive force is has changed his mind. Richard Scavone filed for what is known as a Writ Of Habeas Corpus, which is a motion that asks a judge to throw out his guilty plea.
Scavone was the first Metro Officer to be charged using body camera evidence. It happened in 2015 when Scavone was in the process of arresting Amanda Ortiz, who he suspected was a prostitute.
However, the video shows Scavone hitting Ortiz as he arrested her. He also slammed her face on the hood of his patrol car and pulled her hair in a contentious exchange.
In this week’s filing Scavone cites four instances of ineffective counsel, saying his then attorneys failed to argue forcefully enough in favor of using an expert witness that would have testified that his “use of force was justified.”
Scavone also says his attorneys failed to compel the government to hand over all evidence that would prove prosecutorial misconduct.
His attorneys failed to challenge “the government’s grand jury abuse, and he says his attorneys withheld information about an offer to plead guilty with no jail time.
Scavone addressed some of that with during an interview with the I-Team’s Vanessa Murphy last summer. She caught up with him outside the courthouse after a hearing.
“There’s selective narrow video, but there’s also admissions, from a prostitute that admitted certain things that were ignored and covered by the department,” said Scavone.
Scavone is currently serving a one-year prison sentence at a federal facility in New Jersey. His prison time is to be followed by a year of probation.
The victim, Amanda Ortiz reached a $200,000 settlement with Metro Police back in 2016.