Breaking news … Hamtramck 31st District Court Judge Krot admits she ‘made a mistake’

Hamtramck 31st District Court Judge Alexis Krot

 

By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck 31st District Court Judge Alexis Krot has issued an apology over her treatment of an elderly man who has cancer.
Krot came under heavy criticism for scolding the man for not clearing out weeds around his garage. He was ticketed last August and had not taken care of the blight.
Many people have called for her to resign or be removed from her position for her insensitivity and lack of empathy.
State Rep. Abraham Aiyash has said he will help the family file a complaint with the state Judicial Tenure Commission.
The incident was reported nationally and internationally. In a recording that was posted on social media, Krot can be heard shaming the man and wishing she could put him in jail. Ultimately, she fined him $100. The man told Krot that he had been too weak from cancer to take care of the weeds – although they were eventually removed.
Krot issued her statement, that is dated Jan. 18, through the court’s website (http://www.31stdistrictcourt.net/).

The Review was made aware of the apology on Jan. 20 through a source in city hall – not the court — after the paper went to press. The Review had reached out to Krot for a comment on Jan. 19 but she did not respond.
Here is her statement:
“I made a mistake. I acted intemperately. I am very embarrassed that I did so. I apologize to the person who appeared before me and to our entire community for having failed to meet the high standards we expect of our judicial officers and that I expect of myself.
“When someone appears before me and has made a mistake, I expect them to own up to it. I expect nothing less of myself. No ifs, ands or buts; that is the reason I self-reported my behavior to the Judicial Tenure Commission.
“I had no legal duty to report myself to the Commission, but I did so because, like apologizing to the community, it was the right thing to do.
I will continue to hold myself to the standards I set for others.”
Posted Jan. 20, 2022

4 Responses to Breaking news … Hamtramck 31st District Court Judge Krot admits she ‘made a mistake’

  1. Mark M Koroi

    January 20, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Some observations:

    (A) her “self-reporting” to the Judicial Tenure Commission means little as Representative Aiyash’s intent to file a grievance to that public body was announced days earlier;

    (B) if she stipulated to public reprimand by the JTC that would be more courageous on her part;

    (C) Rep. Aiyash deserves credit for publicly criticizing Krot – and by previously panning the “jaywalking enforcement” fiasco that also would up in Krot’s Court.

    The larger problem is Hamtramck city government targeting minorities and immigrants in a demeaning manner and viewing as a source of revenue by aggressively seeking fines and towing of their vehicles – not unlike Ferguson, Missouri.

    Minority members serving in local public office need to call out abusive and aggressive conduct against other minority members – this why what Rep. Abraham Aiyash did was so important.

  2. Alan Hutton

    January 21, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Alexis Krot will hopefully be 72 years old one day. I hope that she never has the need for cancer treatment. She was way out of line for treating that elderly man so poorly. I would ask her if she mows her own lawn? My guess is that she does not. …I once talked to an oncology nurse who told me that she had patients who defecated the linings of their intestines or vomited the lining of their stomachs. Sometimes cancer treatment is as brutal as the disease…. I hope the good people of Hamtramck consider the candidates for that judicial position carefully on election day. I would hope her opponent is well qualified and can treat people fairly and with respect… Had the son not cleared the weeds, I was prepared to drive from Madison WI over to Hamtrack and clear them for the gentleman. Thank you. Alan J Hutton Madison,WI. 263-977-3353.

  3. fake apology

    January 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I’m sorry I lost the public trust.

  4. Tom Uniden

    January 22, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Not to worry Judge ‘Karen’ has assured us she holds herself to the highest standards – just read her self congratulatory press release if you don’t believe me. Her standards are certainly clear in her heartfelt apology to the apparently nameless person that appeared before her court (‘I apologize to the person who appeared before me’).

    And again her standards were on full display in how she fined herself and sentenced herself to jail time. Oh wait, she didn’t? Hmm… well that’s confusing.

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