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Apparently the defendant was not wrong after all in the viral Zoom court hearing

A Michigan man who caused a stir last week by attending a court hearing via Zoom with an allegedly revoked driver's license was apparently not in the wrong after all.

The 44-year-old man, identified as Corey Harris, made headlines online when he drove with a suspended license during his May 15 Zoom court session, appearing live in the courtroom via video, much to the astonishment of presiding District Judge J. Cedric Simpson. But as it turns out, Harris was told that his license suspension was lifted in 2022. The license was still incorrectly listed as suspended. (RELATED TOPIC: Judge speechless after defendant in license suspension case calls court while driving)

“Maybe I don't understand something. This is driving with a suspended license [case]”, the judge says in the video.

“That is correct, Your Honor,” the public defender explained.

“And he just drove, and he didn’t have a license,” the judge said.

“It is in the indictment, Your Honor, yes,” replied the public defender.

Immediately afterward, Simpson revoked Harris's bail and ordered the 44-year-old to surrender to the Washtenaw County Jail by 6 p.m. that day. But no one in the courtroom was aware that another judge had lifted Harris's license suspension in 2022, according to WXYZ.

In 2010, Harris was allegedly disbarred for unpaid child support, WXYZ reported. The Michigan Secretary of State's office allegedly never received approval from a court clerk to lift the disbarment, so the hold remained on his record, the portal reported.

“Given the kind of ties I have to the church and the community, this is very embarrassing,” Harris told Baller Alert after the incident. “What was I thinking? I was thinking about getting my wife medical attention. That's what I was thinking. I wasn't thinking about my driver's license being suspended. I don't care about any of that.”