Man Ordered To Jail Following Virtual Court Hearing

Gather ’round for a truly astonishing tale from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Imagine this: a man charged with driving on a suspended license decides to dial into his virtual court hearing while, wait for it, driving a car! You can’t make this stuff up.

On May 15, Corey Harris found himself in a virtual courtroom with Judge Cedric Simpson presiding over his case. Harris was charged with driving on a suspended license. The scene was set for a routine hearing, but things quickly took a surprising turn.

As Harris dialed into the Zoom hearing, the assistant public defender introduced herself to Judge Simpson. That’s when Simpson noticed something odd.

“Mr. Harris, are you driving?” Simpson inquired.

Harris, perhaps not grasping the gravity of the situation, responded, “Actually, I’m pulling into my doctor’s office. Just give me one second. I’m parking right now.”

The judge, visibly impatient, waited for Harris to stop his vehicle. The proceedings began once the car was parked, and Harris’ attorney requested an adjournment of up to four weeks.

But Judge Simpson wasn’t about to let this slide. “OK, so maybe I don’t understand something. This is a driving while license suspended case,” he addressed the public defender. “And he was just driving, and he doesn’t have a license.”

Harris caught red-handed, was left speechless as Judge Simpson expressed his disbelief.

“I don’t even know why he would do that,” Simpson remarked. “So, the defendant’s bond is revoked in this matter.”

The judge then ordered Harris to turn himself in at the Washtenaw County Jail by 6 p.m. that day.

Harris, clearly stunned, whispered, “Oh my God,” as his attorney assured him she would be in touch soon.

And there you have it, folks. A courtroom drama that defies logic and leaves us shaking our heads.