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Who is Alexis Krot? ‘Heartless’ judge slams 72-year-old cancer patient for unkempt LAWN

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“If I could give you a prison sentence for that, I would,” the Michigan judge said of a man too frail to tend his yard who was sentenced online

A Michigan judge faces widespread condemnation on social media after berating a 72-year-old cancer patient. During a virtual hearing on Jan. 10, 2022, District Judge Alexis G. Krot slammed the senior for not tending his lawn, for which he was issued a speeding ticket back in August 2021. She refused to accept the man’s explanation that his treatment also made him weak to do gardening, which has led to people online calling her “heartless” and “regrettable”.

Krot joins a long list of judges whose controversial decisions have earned them online convictions. In November 2021, Judge Matthew Murphy was convicted of giving Christopher Belter, who pleaded guilty to the rape of a minor, an eight-year suspended sentence. In a similar Jan. 12 ruling, Judge Robert Adrian ordered convicted rapist Drew Clinton not to face jail time, saying prosecutors had failed to prove their case. Towards the end of 2021, Judge Bruce Schroeder also came under tremendous pressure over his handling of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, where many allegations led to his acquittal.

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Who is Judge Alexis Krot?

Now that widespread anger is directed at Judge Krot for the way she handled the Burhan Chowdhury case. The case ended with Chowdhury being fined $100 and ordered to clean up his yard, which he did himself before the hearing.

Krot currently serves on the 31st Circuit Court in Michigan, where she was elected a nonpartisan nominee by the City of Hamtramck in November 2018. She won re-election in 2020 unopposed, also as a bipartisan candidate. Krot was appointed to the bank two years earlier by then-Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican who left office in 2019. According to the court’s website, Krot earned a B.Sc degree from Tulane University before completing her Juris Doctor at Loyola University. She also has an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Before being appointed to the board of directors. Krot has extensive experience in criminal and family law and has also served as the assistant city attorney for the city of Hamtramck. Little else is known about Krot, which largely stayed out of the headlines until its recent outbreak in Chowdhury. She doesn’t seem to have a social media presence, so we couldn’t learn more than what her official bio says.

But before the outbreak, she appeared to be widely respected around town. A 2018 press release from Hamtramck’s leaders said the judge “serves our community with integrity, honor and respect for all.” The press release said she grew up in the city and said: “Judge Krot knows Hamtramck.
She understands our community and the needs of our residents.”

However, it appears that the judge lost some of that goodwill in handling Chowdhury’s case. At the virtual hearing, she told the 72-year-old, “You should be ashamed” and called his situation “shameful.” And this despite Chowdhury’s son arguing that his father was single at the time he was back in Bangladesh. “There were really mistakes that I should have dealt with. But yeah, still, like she should have said to my dad more politely,” he told WDIV.

The ticket was issued on August 2 after Chowdhury’s garden blocked the sidewalk. It was cleared up shortly after the complaints, but the family still had to appear in court because of the summons. It was then that Krot lashed out at the family, telling Chowdhury, “If I could give you a jail sentence for that, I would.” A video of the exchange has since gone viral, as have several accounts of Krot’s behavior.

In response, Twitter users slammed the judge with one person noting, “What’s wrong with this lady? Life is too short for that. Neighbors should be ashamed for not helping a sick elderly neighbor!!!” Another commented, “How to be a bad person: Lessons in Judicial Depravity, by Alexis G Krot.” One user said, “That judge, Alexis G. Krot, must resign immediately.”

One user claimed the incident was the latest in a “recent series of abuses brought about by Judge Krot.” It’s unclear what the other controversial decisions entail, but obviously she seems to have struck a chord. Some users have also started a Change.org petition to remove Krot, though Ballotpedia says she won’t stand for re-election until 2027.

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