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Lawyer Takes a Bite Out of Crime? No, His Son

By Betty Wang, JD on October 03, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Biting on the playground among kids -- somewhat expected, right? Or at least more so than a lawyer biting his own son. Ah, yes. Another day that ends in "y," can only mean another problematic lawyer to report to you all.

This one comes to us from Albuquerque, reports Santa Fe's KRQE News. An attorney (of course), Geoffrey Scovil has been charged with a number of things, including child abuse for biting his own 3-year-old son's cheek.

No, seriously. Also, that's not all, folks.

No Shoes, No Shirts, No Bites, No Service

Scovil and his son were apparently dining at a restaurant, where Scovil was also allegedly drinking. Witnesses then called the police after they apparently saw Scovil and his son with injuries on their faces.

The police then showed up at Scovil's home, where his son came out with a bite-mark on his cheek. The officers then understandably grew more suspicious and asked Scovil to step outside. At this point reports say, Scovil got confrontational and physically and verbally refused to cooperate with the questioning.

Scovil claims that his son had thrown a cue ball at him in the restaurant, while his son confirmed that his father had indeed bitten his cheek. He now faces multiple charges aside from child abuse, including assault on a police officer, as well.

Among Good Company

It seems that aside from alcoholism being a pressing issue in our profession, anger management may be another one. If we're not dealing with lawyers in a fit of road rage or wanna-be-lawyers slashing an exotic bird's head off in a drunken stupor, then we have less-than-model parents biting their children? Their 3-year-old and on the cheek, no less.

We hope Scovil get some help for his issues. Being an attorney and a stressed parent is no joke. But, the next time anyone wants to resort to reinforcing discipline with children, might we suggest something with a little less ... well, bite?

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