Mark and Christina Rotondo of Camillus, parents of 30-year-old Michael, adopted a drastic measure to get their son out of the house. The matter was taken to a court of New York where the judge asked Michael to leave the house. During the hearing on Tuesday, the judge asked Michael to move out of the house as soon as possible.
The parents want their son to leave the house and find a new job for him. In the past few months, Mark and Christina sent many eviction letters to Michael but he didn’t take the notices seriously. The parents even asked to give him the financial support to move out of their house. But Michael said that he won’t leave the house without a legal fight.
In a letter written to Michael in February, the parents offered him $1,100 to leave the house and find any other place to live. The letter ended with these words:
There are plenty of jobs available for lazy people like you. Go and get a job, you have to work.
The court hearing was judged by State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood. In the long 30 minutes conversation, Michael told Greenwood that he still needs 6 more months. Greenwood called Michael’s request ‘shocking’ and asked him to address the issue properly with his parents in the courtroom. But as reports suggest, Michael refused to talk to the parents.
After all this, the judge asked parent’s lawyer to prepare an eviction order. Michael was not happy with the decision and he asked camera crews to meet him outside. While talking to the media outside the court, Michael said that he would appeal against this decision. He further told that he also had an outside business but didn’t elaborate the details. It was then reported that Michael went to his parent’s house after the hearing.
The judge did everything he could to convince the 30-year-old to move away from his parent’s house, as reported by Syracuse, NY. But after 30 minutes of back and forth conversation, Greenwood had enough as he declared that Michael would leave the house.
The judge also ordered adult protective agencies to figure out what was going on. During the hearing, Michael acknowledged that his parents gave a couple of eviction letters and also asked to provide him with the necessary financial support. But Michael was not willing to leave 408 Weatheridge Drive home without a legal battle.
The case was first broadcasted by Syracuse.com that’s why it had gained the national as well as international fame. The news outlets such as Fox News, BBC, and New York Post were among those covering the case. Tuesday’s hearing was covered by almost a dozen journalists.
The lawyer of the parents Anthony Adorante told the judge that he is looking to receive a court order from the court which could be enforceable by the sheriff’s deputies. Greenwood showed as much as patience as he could while listening to Michael’s argument that he still entitled to 6 more months.
While correcting Michael’s point, Greenwood said that according to court rulings, family members do not get special treatment in these circumstances. Later, Greenwood also praised Michael’s legal research.
When Greenwood declared for an eviction order, Michael called it ‘outrageous’. During the hearing, the judge asked Michael to talk to his parents directly, but he refused and said that he would appeal further.
Greenwood credited the research made by Michael prior to the hearing and in response, Michael said that it is a simple internet research which took just a few minutes. After that, the judge gave Michael a copy of the court ruling which simply overrode Michael’s case. After the hearing, Michal continued stating that whatever Greenwood did was wrong.
After the hearing, Michael’s parents sat quietly in the gallery while Michael got all the spotlight. During the hearing, the judge also called Michael on the bench. At one point, Michael noted that microphone was placed at the lawyer’s podium and then he tried to take the podium up with him. While talking to the media outside the courtroom, Michael said that he wasn’t ready to leave his parent’s house.