N. Ind. judge accused of making improper comment

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A northern Indiana judge says he'll defend himself against a charge that he violated the code of judicial conduct by making an improper comment to someone applying to be a guardian.

St. Joseph County Probate Judge Peter Nemeth (NEH'-mihth) said Tuesday he's confident he acted appropriately.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a misconduct charge against Nemeth, saying he acted inappropriately during a 2011 hearing. The commission says he said then it would be improper for a woman to ask taxpayers to pay for a sign language interpreter when she "hadn't paid taxes for several years."

Nemeth says he was commenting on the evidence.

The commission alleges Nemeth's comments didn't promote public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of judges. He has 20 days to respond to the commission.