Former judge James “Skip” Scandirito, was found dead April 4, cops believe he was killed by his son Jimmy Scandirito Jr [photo above]
The body of ex-judge James “Skip” Scandirito, 74, was discovered on the abandoned Ocean Breeze Golf Club course, less than two miles from his home in Boca Raton Fla., on April 4, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Scandirito, 74, was reported missing on April 1 by his only child, real estate broker Jimmy Scandirito, 49. Now Palm Beach police the disgraced former Michigan judge, who stepped down from the bench because of lurid sex scandals that hounded him while in office, was slain by his own son.
Boca Raton police accuse James Anthony Scandirito, Jr. of killing his father, James “Skip Scandirito, after the elder man’s remains were found in an abandoned golf course.
Palm Beach authorities said they found inconsistencies in information provided by the junior Scandirito.
According to Macomb Daily, the late judge earned the presidential nickname of “the Bill Clinton of Macomb County ” while working as a commissioner and district judge in Macomb County, Mich., in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Former judge James “skip” Scandirito resigned from the bench in Macomb County, Mich., the day before the Judicial Tenure Commission planned to hold a hearing on the sexual favors charges against him filed by several female litigants
After several women accused him of offering up lenient court decisions in exchange for sexual favors. He denied the allegations, Scandirito resigned the day before the Judicial Tenure Commission planned to hold a hearing on the sexual favors charges.
After the scandals, Scandirito, his wife, Terri Scandirito, and their son relocated to Florida, where he worked as a lawyer for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Eventually, he was disbarred in January 2003, according to the Sentinel.
The disgraced judge ultimately lost the ability to practice law, disbarred for signing a false affidavit, according to an old friend of his. Those who knew him well described ex-judge Scandirito as someone who : “ sort of skated out of bounds a little bit in his life.”
After Terri Scandirito died in 2017, judge Scandirito now retired, worked at the golf club where his remains were found. Still, there were tensions between the father and son, which reportedly, often involved “a lot of yelling and screaming between the two.
On Monday, Jimmy Scandirito Jr. was arrested 300 miles away from home by Alachua County sheriff’s deputies over a traffic violation. Deputies then discovered there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest back in Palm Beach. He is awaiting extradition to South Florida where he is facing charges relating to murder.