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Apparent confusion: Driver at hearing about driving license withdrawal on the Internet

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Apparent confusion: Driver at hearing about driving license withdrawal on the Internet

A video of a court hearing last month went viral after a Michigan judge seemed stunned that a man accused of driving without a license showed up to a Zoom hearing behind the wheel. (Image from Shutterstock)

A video of a court hearing went viral last month after a judge in the state of Michigan seemed stunned that a man accused of driving without a license showed up to a Zoom hearing behind the wheel.

But as it turns out, the defendant, 44-year-old Corey Harris, could have regained his driver's license due to a judge's order in January 2022, WXYZ reports here and here.

Harris' driver's license had been suspended for failure to pay child support. A judge overturned that suspension more than two years ago, but the Michigan Secretary of State's office never received approval from the Saginaw County, Michigan, Friend of the Court, according to WXYZ.

With the release, Harris could have regained his license after paying a fee.

According to this informational brochure, the Friend of the Court in Michigan investigates custody and child support cases, makes recommendations, and assists in enforcing orders.

Harris told WXYZ the video was embarrassing given his ties to the church and community. He was on his way to the doctor with his wife when the video was taken.

He also said he could not explain the reason for the charges since his driver's license should have been reinstated two years ago.

Harris spent two days in jail after Judge J. Cedric Simpson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, revoked bail and ordered Harris to turn himself in.