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'West Wing' creator charged with felonies

May 02, 2001

Lolita Harper

BURBANK -- Aaron Sorkin, the creator of NBC-TV's drama the "West

Wing," was charged Monday with two felony counts of illegal drug


The Los Angeles County District Atty.'s office also filed a

misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons



Sorkin, 39, of Studio City, will be arraigned today in Burbank

Superior Court.

The writer originally faced a possible misdemeanor after police

allegedly found hallucinogenic mushrooms in his carry-on bag at

Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport April 15.

Those charges were to be filed by the Burbank city attorney. However,

after chemical tests on the contents of the bag allegedly in Sorkin's

luggage discovered two small pieces of a cocaine-based drug, the case was

sent back to the district attorney's office, Gibbons said.

Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow had no comment about the case.

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