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