A judge told a 72-year-old man with cancer that he ‘should be ashamed’ of himself after he said he was too weak to keep up with his lawn

31st District Court in Hamtramck, Michigan

31st District Court in Hamtramck, Michigan31st District Court in Hamtramck, Michigan

  • Burhan Chowdhury of Hamtramck, Michigan, told a judge he had been too weak to clean up his yard.

  • Judge Alexis G. Krot said he should be ashamed and that she would give him jail if she could.

  • Chowdhury’s son said he usually helps his father with the garden, but he was out of the country.

A Michigan judge scolded a 72-year-old man on Monday after he told her he had failed to keep up with the maintenance of his garden because his cancer treatments made him very weak.

In a video from the exchange, Burhan Chowdhury of Hamtramck, Michigan, can be heard struggling to breathe as he explained his situation to 31st District Judge Alexis G. Krot.

“You should be ashamed,” Krot could be heard saying in the video. “If I could give you jail for this, I would do it.”

She then issued him a $ 100 fine, adding: “You have to get it cleaned up. That’s completely inappropriate.”

The man’s son, Shibbir Chowdhury, 33, who showed up with his father for the Zoom hearing, spoke up to clarify that his father was ill and that the property had already been cleaned up.

“Do you see that picture?” asked Krot. “It’s shameful. Shameful. Neighbors should not have to look at that.”

Shibbir Chowdhury told Washington Post that his father was diagnosed with lymph node cancer in 2019. He said he usually helps keep the farm in order for his parents, but he was out of the country in Bangladesh for three months last year.

He said the weeds grew around his parents’ house while he was away. When he returned, his father told them they had received a ticket for harmful weeds and vegetation. Shibbir Chowdhury said he was shocked by the referee’s reaction to the situation.

“She told my father, a sick person, that he was going to jail. It’s ridiculous,” he told The Post. “One cannot give a 72-year prison sentence for not cleaning an alley.”

“I was really shocked by that. I did not expect her to shout at us in these kinds of situations,” he added.

Shibbir Chowdhury said he is going to pay his father’s fine and has received a lot of support from other people online and in their community.

“People understand that a situation like this can happen to someone who is old or sick,” he said.

Court records seen by Insider showed that the fine was paid on Wednesday.

Krot was appointed by then-Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in August 2016 and elected in November 2018. As a judge, she cannot comment on the case. WDIV reported.

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