Judge reveals WILD twist in viral case of man accused of driving while suspended: ‘He didn’t have a license’

The case of the Michigan man allegedly driving with a suspended driver’s license just moved up to another level in the latest revelation.

Corey Harris became an instant meme sensation on social media after he was seen driving in a virtual court hearing on charges that he had been driving with a suspended license. Harris remained speechless in the viral video when Judge Cedric Simpson pointed out the obvious.

“Okay, so maybe I don’t understand something,” Simpson said at the hearing. “This is a driving while license suspended [case], and he was just driving, and he didn’t have a license.”

His bail was revoked and Harris was ordered to turn himself in. Days later, as the infamous clip went viral, Harris claimed in an interview with WXYZ-TV that it was all due to a clerical error.

As reported, “According to the news outlet, the original license suspension dated back to 2010 with regard to a failure on his part to pay child support. However, records indicated that as of Jan. 2022 that order had been rescinded.”

In yet another twist to the story that has been entertaining social media users, Harris was present in person at a court hearing in Ann Arbor on Wednesday when the judge dropped a truth bomb.

“I am going to make sure that the record is very, very clear as to what this court knows and to what this court acted on May 15,” Simpson said, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

“He has never had a license. Ever. And has never had a license in any of the other 49 states or commonwealths that make up this country,” the judge explained, adding that the defendant did have his driving privileges suspended.

(Video Credit: Fox 2 Detroit)

“When they suspended his license…they don’t suspend the license, they suspend the privilege to drive in the state. Hence, if he had a Kentucky license, he would have been allowed to drive anywhere that Kentucky allowed him to drive, he just couldn’t drive in Michigan because his privileges have been restricted,” he said. “He didn’t have a license. Ever.”

Thus, the judge noted that the error was not anyone else’s fault, including the Secretary of State’s office. It was Harris himself who failed to take the steps to get his privileges back.

“The reason I know that is because, Mr. Harris, on December 28, 2023 – do you know where you were?” Simpson asked him. “You were at the Secretary of State’s office. You were at the Secretary of State’s office because you re-did and you got your new Michigan ID,” Simpson said.

“The way I know that he’s never had a license is because – on May 3, 1999, he was 19 at the time – he applied for his first Michigan ID,” he continued. “He has religiously, every year, gotten a new ID. And so he knows that he doesn’t have a license.”

Harris reportedly was stunned as he turned to his attorney following the latest development.

Attorney, Dionne E. Webster-Cox expressed that her client would move forward to correct things but added that he was not responsible for the “hoopla” around the case.

“Perhaps he made some comments but he didn’t start the hoopla,” she said.

“The one thing I don’t like is when people don’t take responsibility for what they’ve done,” the judge replied. “The person that needed to be blamed is the person that he was staring at in the mirror.”

“Just own it!” he added. “Once you own it becomes a whole lot earlier to move forward”

Harris was taken into police custody after that because of the warrant. His attorney later addressed the press outside the court.

“Because if I had known there was an outstanding bench warrant, we could have handled that. So that wouldn’t have been an issue. But what was I focused on? What we’re going to do to correct everything. I didn’t want to go into the past. I can’t do anything about the past. (What we can focus on) is how are we going to correct things. So was I shocked? Absolutely. Do I want my clients to walk in and get escorted to the back? Absolutely not. That was not the plan. I can assure you of that,” she said.

As for her client never having had a license, to begin with, the attorney admitted her surprise.

“I can’t go into his mind and what he’s thinking all I can tell you was what I focused on was like what he’s going to do to get his license and that’s where I was when he was going to do this license. I hadn’t done any research to go back. I didn’t go back to 1999 to see about this Michigan State ID. All that was shocking to me. Absolutely shocking,” she said.

It remains to be seen if there will be another twist to this story by the time Harris’ next court date rolls around on August 7.

Frieda Powers

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