BURBANK, Calif. – A bad back pre-empted West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin from his day in court yesterday to answer charges he tried to sneak a stash of drugs on to an airplane.
The unexpected no-show means Sorkin could have bail revoked and a warrant issued for his arrest if he doesn't appear for his rescheduled court date on June 19.
Defense lawyer Steve Sitkoff said Sorkin is still on the mend from back surgery last Wednesday, and they remain confident the renowned writer and producer won't get jail time.
A network spokesman said he was following "doctor's order" to stay at home.
"He's doing fine," Sitkoff said. "He got a very favorable report from the probation department and we expect to resolve this case on the next appearance."
Sorkin faces up to three years behind bars after cops caught him allegedly trying to carry cocaine, marijuana and magic mushrooms on to a flight at Burbank Airport. Prosecutors have said Sorkin's clean record will probably make him a candidate for a year of drug treatment, rather than jail.
Sorkin — a 39-year-old Scarsdale native — is one of TV and movie's most popular and respected writers.