Superior Court Judge Max Baker, who last December launched into a tirade against a pro se litigant that an ethics tribunal calls “disrespectful and insulting,” has apologized for his behavior. But he says he acted out of his “desire to do justice to children.”

Baker, in his Aug. 26 answer to a disciplinary complaint filed Aug. 4 by the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, says his remarks to litigant Dana Pilla were intended to be “didactive [sic] and instructive in imparting to Mrs. Pilla that denying Mr. Pilla’s access to their child would in the long run prove detrimental to the child.”

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