An attorney representing the truck driver accused of causing the six-vehicle crash in June 2014 that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend James McNair provided a reality check following Morgan’s surprise appearance at Sunday night’s Emmys.
Variety reports that David Jay Glassman, the attorney representing Walmart driver Kevin Roper, issued a statement condemning Morgan’s speech. Glassman said the speech, which was received as one of the top feel-good moments of the Emmy Awards, has the potential to prejudice court rulings against Roper.
In the speech, Morgan talked about his traumatic brain injury and said: “When I finally regained consciousness, I was ecstatic to learn I wasn’t the one who messed up.”
Morgan and Walmart reached a settlement back in May, while Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto, the report notes.
In his statement released Monday, Glassman said: “Clearly the last thing on the mind of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Federal District Court Judge who permitted Morgan’s civil case to supersede the pending criminal proceedings, was Mr. Roper’s constitutional rights, including the right to have his guilt or innocence decided in a courtroom, as opposed to by the national media or by way of comments made by Mr. Morgan during the nationally televised 67th Annual Emmy Awards.”
The statement adds: “Mr. Morgan has confirmed that his monetary goals have been realized and his personal as well as professional recovery is well underway. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about my client, Kevin Roper, who awaits indictment, while his constitutional rights were discarded in favor of an unprecedented rush to judgment and material for comic relief.”