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


  • 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 time if she could.
  • Chowdhury’s son said he usually helps his dad with the yard but he was out of the country.

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

In a video of 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 of yourself,” Krot could be heard saying in the video. “If I could give you jail time on this, I would.”

She then issued him a $100 fine, adding: “You’ve got to get that cleaned up. That is totally inappropriate.”

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