A Michigan judge has apologized to a 72-year-old cancer patient after she shamed him in court for not maintaining his yard and faced widespread condemnation for her harsh remarks.

District Judge Alexis Krot told Burhan Chowdhury during a Michigan state court appearance over Zoom earlier this month that he “should be ashamed” of himself for being unable to clean up the grass that had overtaken the property. Chowdhury struggled to breathe as he explained to the judge that he was “very weak,” but Krot continued to criticize him for the neighborhood blight in Hamtramck, Mich., saying, “If I could give you jail time on this, I would.”

“I made a mistake,” Krot said in a statement shared with The Washington Post. “I acted intemperately. I’m 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 that we expect of our judicial officers, and that I expect of myself.”

The comments toward Chowdhury from Krot, who represents the 31st District, have been met with a backlash since a video of the court exchange was shared on social media. A Change.org petition calling for her to be removed from the bench had more than 230,000 signatures as of early Friday.... Read More: Washington Post