Attorney: situation ‘over reaction’

Published 11:02 pm Wednesday, December 16, 2009

An attorney for a Brundidge man charged with burglary in connection with an incident at the University of Alabama said the situation is an “over reaction.”

Joel Sogel, Robert Jeffrey Davis’ attorney, said his client was arrested in September in the stadium.

“It’s been fairly common for kids from the university to go into the stadium. I don’t think there was much different about this occurrence than there was from the other occurrences,” Sogel said. “For whatever reason, in this instance, there was just an over reaction.”

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Davis was charged with criminal trespassing second degree, burglary second degree and possession of burglary tools.

Tuscaloosa District Attorney Tommy Smith said it is standard procedure for felony charges to be presented to a grand jury before either an indictment or dismissal of charges. “Every felony is by law required to do that,” Smith said.

Assistant DA Berry Page, who is prosecuting the case, said Davis’ case has been presented to a grand jury, but he does not know the outcome yet.

Sogel said he could not comment on the pending litigation.

According to the Alabama State Bar, Davis, 25, was admitted to the Bar in late September this year. However, he was not a practicing attorney at the time of his suspension, which occurred in October.

The suspension is interim, pending the outcome of these charges.

*The Messenger apologizes for any confusion the Dec. 16 article may have caused.