A petition for her removal has picked up 3k signatures.
An elderly cancer patient who begged a judge for mercy after failing to keep his Michigan home clear of weeds was given a fine instead — as well as an earful.
Burhan Chowdhury, 72, was cited for allowing the alleyway behind his house to become unkempt. Appearing before Judge Alexis Krot via Zoom on Monday, he tried to explain the situation... but he didn't get much sympathy.
"You have a ticket for August 2nd, 2021 for failing to keep the walkway, sidewalk or alley clear of weeds or other nuisance vegetation," the judge told him, showing a photo of the overgrown alleyway. "You can plead responsible, responsible with an explanation or not responsible."
As the father and son tried one more desperate bid for leniency, she appeared to threaten him with further punishment, shouting over them: "... you're going to jail."
Shibbir told ClickonDetroit his father had been diagnosed with cancer in the lymph nodes in 2019, and that the treatments inhibit his mobility. He said since the diagnosis, he and his mother have been doing their best to maintain the property.
"I usually take care of the stuff in the backyard and everything, but that time I was out of the country," the son explained.
Shibbir accepts that a city ordinance was violated; he confirmed the weeds had been since cleared, and that the family intends to pay the fine.
"There was really mistakes I should have taken care of that," he said. "But, yeah, still, like she should have said my father more politely."
After video of the court interaction began circulating online, so did a petition to have the City of Hamtramck remove Judge Krot; it has since picked up more than 3k signatures.
"This is disgusting and shameful," one signee wrote. "Being a judge in a city like Hamtramck where almost all of its residents are immigrants or of an immigrant family, she needs to be more aware and understanding of how she talks to people. Everybody should be treated equally and with justice... Instead of applying the laws and making people follow them rightfully, they make people hate the laws."
"Hamtramck needs a compassionate and empathetic judge to its inhabitants," another agreed. "How are we supposed to trust this justice system that lacks humanity?"
"This judge showed absolutely no empathy for a cancer patient audibly wheezing on video about his shrubbery," wrote a third. "How can we expect her to make the right decision when stakes are higher."
Per the outlet, as a judge, Krot is not permitted to comment on the story.