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Man who went viral during a Zoom hearing on his driving license suspension should never have been in court at all

Corey Harris, 44, made headlines last week when a Zoom video from the courtroom in Ann Arbor, Michigan, showed him driving during his driver's license suspension hearing.

Judge Cedric Simpson noted that Harris attended the May 15 video hearing behind the wheel of a car and prompted him: “Okay, maybe I'm not understanding something. This is driving with a suspended license. [hearing]and he was just driving and didn't have a license.”

“Always double-check these employees because they say they will do something and then they don’t do it.”

Simpson announced that Harris' bail had been revoked and ordered him to turn himself in to the Washtenaw County Jail by 6 p.m. that day or he would be held without bail, WJBK-TV reported.

But it turned out that Harris should never have been brought to trial in the first place.

Michigan Secretary of State records show his driver's license was suspended in 2010 for unpaid child support in Saginaw County, WXYZ-TV reported. However, court records show a judge lifted the license suspension in 2022, WXYZ reported.

However, WXYZ stated that information about the lifted ban never reached the Michigan Secretary of State and therefore the file was never changed.

Harris was subsequently cited for driving without a license in Pittsfield Township last October, according to the video report obtained by WXYZ.

WXYZ said Harris spent two days in jail after the Zoom video hearing last month and told the station he went to the secretary of state again to try to resolve the matter.

“It's very embarrassing,” Harris told WXYZ. “Given the kind of ties I have to the church and the community, it's very embarrassing.”

In another article, WXYZ said it was unclear why neither Harris' public defender nor the Pittsfield Township District Attorney's Office resolved his case months ago. Especially considering WXYZ said it took less than five minutes to find the Saginaw County court record showing a judge lifted Harris's driver's license suspension in January 2022.

WXYZ said it has contacted the district attorney's office and Harris' defense attorney's office. A county spokesperson for the public defender's office said they do not comment on ongoing legal proceedings, WXYZ added.

The station also reported that the Saginaw County Amicator of the Court, who was involved in the original child support case, did not respond to calls from WXYZ. However, the Secretary of State's office told the station on Friday that it never received approval from the Amicator of the Court to reinstate Harris's driving privileges after paying the fees.

“Always double check these employees because they say they are going to do something and then they don’t do it,” Harris told WXYZ.

Here is the Zoom court video that went viral:

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