A judge shamed and fined a cancer patient for his unkept yard and said if jail time was an option, she'd order it


A father and son appeared for an online court appointment for a citation they received for their unkept yard in Michigan, but instead of a slap on the wrist from the judge, the father was berated.

Burhan Chowdhury, 72, a cancer patient, was given a citation in May 2021 for not keeping up with the yard work at his Hamtramck home, his son Shibbir told CNN Thursday.

Shibbir, an only child, was in Bangladesh from May to August and wasn’t aware of the ticket until he returned. Immediately upon returning he made necessary arrangements to appear in court for the citation on Monday, January 10, he said.

During the appearance, Burhan appeared with Shibbir there to help bridge the language gap, since the older man doesn’t speak a great deal of English, Shibbir said.

Burhan has lymphoma, a cancer that has attacked his lymph nodes and left his body weak, Shibbir said.

District Judge Alexis G. Krot had strong words of her own to share.

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Krot said during the court appearance regarding the yard work, as seen in an online recording of the Zoom appearance. “Have you seen that photo? That is shameful.”

The back walkway at The Chowdhury home. Shibbir said during the summer months, the greenery grew exceptionally high due to an influx of rain.

Krot was appointed to the bench by Gov. Rick Snyder in August 2016 and elected by the people of the City of Hamtramck in November 2018.

CNN reached out to Krot and the Hamtramck 31st District Court by email and phone but has not heard back.


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