Naturally, people turned to Twitter in fury. "Too many things wrong with this," one said. "Son could’ve helped, neighbors could’ve and the judge could’ve handled this WAY better. If she could give jail time she would?? The world has bigger problems."
Another added: "Wow! I cannot believe shaming a patient stricken with advanced cancer barely able to breathe over a yard!! Shameful."
Judge Krot has since stepped forward in an attempt to take accountability and apologise.
"I apologise 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," she said in a statement.
She said she "made a mistake" and is "very embarrassed" by the ordeal.
Krot revealed in her statement that she has reported herself to the Judicial Tenure Commission to be investigated because it was the "right thing to do."
"I will continue to hold myself to the standards I set for others," she added.