Judge Hamtramck apologizes for beating an elderly cancer patient with weeds


Judge Hamtramck, Alexis Clot, apologized to the elderly cancer patient who beat her, threatening to put her in jail over some weeds outside her home. She said she was reporting herself to a state committee investigating judicial misconduct.

“I made a mistake,” Mr. Clot said in a statement shared by the court with Free Press on Thursday. “I acted in a bad mood. I’m very embarrassed to do that. The people who appeared before me and the whole of our community about not meeting the high standards we expect from our judiciary. I apologize to myself. “

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Clot received widespread criticism and media attention for her comments made online. Court hearing It was captured in a zoom video that was disseminated on social media last week. A Petition drive Excluding her from court earned over 228,000 signatures as of Thursday night. This is one of Change.org’s most popular petitions.

Judge Alexis G. Clot of Hamtramck's 31st District Court apologized to a man who was threatened with prison for weeds outside his home.

Judge Alexis G. Clot of Hamtramck’s 31st District Court apologized to a man who was threatened with prison for weeds outside his home.

Burhan Chowdhury, 72, appeared with his son at a hearing on January 10 about a ticket issued in August over a grassy area outside Hamtramck’s home.

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Clot told Choudhry at a hearing later posted on Facebook. “If I could give you prison time for this, I would.”

She threatened him again in prison near the end of the hearing and said, “I will go to jail when I come back here.”

During the hearing, Chowdhury felt sick and wheezing while talking.

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“I’m a cancer patient and I’m very old, my wife,” he said. “At that time, I was very weak …. I can’t take care of this.”

At the hearing, photos of the outside of the house were shown.

Despite his plea, Clot continued to attack him and said she would fine him $ 100.

The 31st District Court of Hamtramck is located in this building, which also houses the Hamtramck City Hall, the Council Room and the Police Station.

The 31st District Court of Hamtramck is located in this building, which also houses the Hamtramck City Hall, the Council Room and the Police Station.

In her statement dated 18 January, Clot made another tone printed on the letterhead of the 31st District Court and posted on the court’s website. Her apology has not been previously reported.

“When someone appears in front of me and makes a mistake, I expect them to take responsibility for it,” Clot said. “I am none other than myself. There are no ifs, ands, buts. That is why I reported my actions to the Commission of Justice. I have a legal obligation to report myself to the Commission. But it did like an apology. That was right for the community. I will continue to adhere to the standards I have set for others. “

Clot’s behavior Collected criticism from Some immigrant advocates say the case reflects the hostility faced by some minorities and immigrants in the district court.

Chowdhury is an immigrant from Bangladesh, with more than 41% of Hamtramck’s inhabitants immigrants, the highest percentage of any city in the United States. According to the census, about half of the cities have roots in Bangladesh or Yemen.

Maintaining Hamtramck’s urban roads, sidewalks and alleys is an ongoing problem, and some encourage more enforcement of city law. However, there was an opinion that last year’s mayor and city council campaign needed to improve communication between the city and migrants, including the placement of city officials and native-speaking translators. Some candidates said the city should try to educate and communicate with its inhabitants, rather than just cracking down on it.

Chowdhury and his son were not asked to comment on Thursday.

Niraj Warikoo: Contact [email protected] or Twitter @nwarikoo

This article was originally published in Detroit Free Press: Hamtramck Judge Alexis Clot apologizes to the man scolding for weeds