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Supreme Court Denies Cert for J. Michael Farren, Former New Canaan Man Convicted of Attempted Murder

By: Michael Dinan (October 25, 2016). The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a cert petition from the former White House attorney who is serving a prison sentence for almost bludgeoning his wife to death with a flashlight at their New Canaan home in January 2010, officials say. An attorney for both Bush administrations, J.… Read more >


Supreme Court Denies Farren Petition

By Rich Scinto, Patch Staff, (October 25, 2016 6:17 pm ET).   NEW CANAAN, CT—The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition from J. Michael Farren to hear an appeal on the $28.6 million civil lawsuit against him by his ex-wife. Farren was convicted of nearly bludgeoning his now ex-wife to death at their New Canaan home. The incident… Read more >


Former White House Counsel Loses Final Appeal in $28.6M Civil Judgment

R. Robin McDonald, The Connecticut Law Tribune (October 25, 2016). Attorneys for the ex-wife of Xerox Corp.’s former general counsel who also served as a deputy White House counsel are now taking steps to collect a $28.6 million judgment against him now that the U.S. Supreme Court has foreclosed his final chance at an appeal.… Read more >


U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert for Farren v. Farren

STAMFORD, CT (October 25, 2016) – The United States Supreme Court has denied the petition for certiorari that challenged the $28.6 million civil verdict against J. Michael Farren, a former White House lawyer who was criminally convicted of nearly beating his ex-wife to death in Farren v. Farren. Farren had argued on appeal that he… Read more >


Former White House attorney convicted of attempted murder wants to delay settlement payments

STAMFORD — A former White House attorney who nearly bludgeoned his wife to death with a flashlight wants to delay paying her a $30 million settlement. The attorney for Michael J. Farren asked Superior Court Judge Robert Genuario in Stamford on Monday to stop Mary Margaret Farren from collecting on a $28.6 million civil settlement… Read more >


Farren Promises to Press Forward With Appeal

CHRISTIAN NOLAN, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A former White House lawyer who was criminally convicted of brutally beating his former wife in Connecticut in 2010 and also ordered to pay a $28.6 million civil verdict is planning to continue his appeals in an effort to get a new civil trial. John Michael Farren, a… Read more >


Update: Mental Health Issues Were Focus of Farren Appeal

CHRISTIAN NOLAN, The Connecticut Law Tribune. The Connecticut Appellate Court has upheld a $28.6 million civil verdict against a former White House lawyer who was accused—and criminally convicted—of nearly beating his ex-wife to death. The case presented the unique issue of whether a trial judge should have waited for an alleged suicidal defendant to be released… Read more >


Conn. Court Upholds $28.6 Million Verdict Against Former White House Lawyer

CHRISTIAN NOLAN, The Connecticut Law Tribune. The state Appellate Court has upheld a $28.6 million civil judgment against a former White House lawyer who has been accused — and criminally convicted — of nearly beating his ex-wife to death. John Michael Farren, a White House lawyer for former President George W. Bush, had argued on… Read more >


Ex-White House lawyer sentenced to 15 years

John Michael Farren was found guilty in July on charges he beat his wife with a metal flashlight and tried to strangle her four years ago after she had filed for divorce.


Farren Shows No Remorse, Gets 15-Year Sentence for Attack on Wife

More than four years after former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren brutally beat his then-wife with a flashlight and his hands in their Darien home, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday, Sept. 11, after having been found guilty of attempted murder earlier this summer. Recounting the “hell” her husband exposed… Read more >


New Canaan lawyer convicted of attempted murder

STAMFORD — In a case that took more than four years to come to trial, jurors took little more than a day to convict former White House attorney J. Michael Farren of trying to kill his wife in their New Canaan mansion. The jury of three men and six women announced the verdict around 12:40 p.m.… Read more >


Judge: Jury’s $28.6 million award stands

STAMFORD — John Michael Farren will have to prove he was involuntarily committed to a Hartford psychiatric ward in December — when a jury awarded his wife $28.6 million for the severe beating he gave her with a metal flashlight — before a judge would consider overturning the judgment against him. State Superior Judge Robert Genuario… Read more >


Editorial: A Time for Trial

On January 6, 2010, John M. Farren was arrested and charged with 4 serious felonies: attempted murder, 2 counts of assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child for the brutal and highly publicized attack on his then wife, Mary Margaret Farren in the presence of their 2 small children. Just… Read more >


Jury Awards $28.6 Million in Damages to Wife for Brutal Beating by Washington Power-Player Husband

After five and a half days of hearing from multiple witnesses and viewing dramatic photos and videos, a Stamford, Conn., jury of six awarded Mary Margaret Farren $28.6 million. Farren filed a civil suit against her ex-husband, John Michael Farren — a deputy White House counsel under George W. Bush — seeking damages in the… Read more >


Former White House attorney for George W. Bush ordered to pay $28MILLION to wife he ‘tried to beat to death with a flashlight when she handed him divorce papers’

On Tuesday a jury in Connecticut awarded the ex-wife of former Bush White House deputy counsel John Michael Farren, $28 million in damages after she was allegedly beaten by him with a metal flashlight in their New Canaan mansion in January 2010. The huge sum was handed out in a civil assault lawsuit brought by… Read more >


Ex-Skadden Lawyer Wins $28.6 Million From Her Ex-Husband (A Former GC And White House Lawyer)

Lawyers John Michael Farren and Mary Margaret Farren were once a storybook couple. If Above the Law had been around in the nineties, they might have made the pages of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. Mary Farren practiced energy law at the high-powered firm of Skadden Arps, where she attained the rank of counsel, and John… Read more >


Accused Ex-White House Attorney Was No-Show At Civil Trial

On the eve of when evidence in the civil trial was to begin Dec. 9, Farren sent an email to the Stamford Superior Court. He said simply that he was in Hartford Hospital seeking medical treatment. When Bush administration lawyer John Michael Farren appeared in court to defend himself against a civil lawsuit over claims… Read more >


Jury Awards $28.6 Million to Ex-Wife in Beating by Former Bush Aide

STAMFORD, Conn. — The ex-wife of a former White House lawyer was awarded $28.6 million in damages this week by a Connecticut jury who found him liable for beating her nearly to death in 2010. The verdict on Tuesday came in Mary Margaret Farren’s lawsuit against her ex-husband, John Michael Farren, who besides working as… Read more >


Former White House attorney held liable in ex-wife’s beating

STAMFORD — A Stamford jury Tuesday afternoon awarded the ex-wife of former White House attorney John Michael Farren $28.6 million in damages for her near-fatal beating in their New Canaan mansion in 2010 The jury reached its verdict in favor of Mary Margaret Farren about 90 minutes after Judge Robert Genuario sent them to begin deliberations,… Read more >


Farren civil assault case moving forward

A civil assault suit brought by Mary Farren against her husband, former White House counsel John Michael Farren, will likely go to trial at the Stamford courthouse on Dec. 10. In the long-awaited trial, Mary Farren, 46, seeks millions in damages after she was allegedly beaten by her husband with a metal flashlight in their New… Read more >


Farren allowed to take over his defense

STAMFORD — Over the strained objections of his ex-wife’s attorney, a Stamford judge will allow John Michael Farren, a former White House counsel, to represent himself in a civil case where his wife is asking for millions in damages for allegedly almost beating her to death with a metal flashlight more than three years ago… Read more >


Ex-Bush Aide Claims Indigence, August 2012

STAMFORD — A former White House lawyer who served in both Bush administrations says he has been made “indigent” and unable to effectively defend himself on charges he tried to kill his wife in 2010. In a motion personally written by John Michael Farren seeking to have his criminal charges dropped, he charged that his former… Read more >