May 30, 2024

USA: Man On Trial For Driving With Suspended Driver's License Shocks Ann Arbor, MI Judge By Joining Court Zoom Conference Video Call While Driving. Judge Ordered Him To Jail That Night.

Fox2 News, Detroit local published May 29, 2024: Man with suspended license shocks Ann Arbor judge by joining court Zoom while driving. District Judge Cedric Simpson was dumbfounded as a man who had a hearing for driving with a suspended license showed up via Zoom -- while driving.
He now claims that he was rushing his wife to see her doctor and that's all he could think about at the moment. Also, he claims he didn't know his driver's license was suspended. However, this case he was scheduled to appear in court for was for "driving without a license". And he clearly states in the zoom call to the judge that he "is pulling into HIS DOCTOR'S OFFICE". (emphasis mine)
Fox2 News, Detroit local
written by Scott Wolchek and FOX 2 Staff
Wednesday May 29, 2024

ANN ARBOR, Michigan - An Ann Arbor judge couldn't contain his shock during a case regarding a man's suspended license – when the man joined the hearing via Zoom while driving.

Court footage shows Judge Cedric Simpson’s dumbfounded reaction as the defendant, Corey Harris, joined the court hearing from the driver's seat.

The hearing happened two weeks ago in Ann Arbor. Harris was involved in a case for driving with a suspended license. On May 15, he attended the court hearing for it while behind the wheel.

"Mr Harris, are you driving?" Simpson asked the defendant.

"Actually, I’m pulling into my doctor’s office," Harris says. "Just give me one second, I'm parking right now."

Simpson couldn't contain himself. He dropped his pen and then rested his head on his hand as he asked the question everyone needed to know.

"Wait. What are we doing?"

Harris' public defender then asked for the case to be adjourned, but Simpson wasn't having any of it.

"Okay, so maybe I don’t understand something. This is a driving while license suspended [case], and he was just driving, and he didn’t have a license," a bemused Simpson replies.

"Um," Harris said as he stared towards his camera.

"That is correct your honor," his public defender responds.

The judge revoked Harris’s bond, and he was ordered to turn himself into the Washtenaw County jail by that evening.

"I don’t even know why he would do that," Simpson says.

He had until 6 p.m. that night to turn himself in, and he would be held without bond.

"Oh my god," Harris said as he threw his head back.

His defense attorney told FOX 2 that she "strives to live in a world where people are not jailed for non-violent offenses," but refused to comment further.

Harris' next court date is set for June 5.

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