Conn. cops: Ex-Bush lawyer tried to kill wife




      Associated PressAssociated Press Writer

      January 7, 2010

      NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A former top attorney toPresident Bush is facing charges that he tried to kill his wife at their Connecticut home by beating her with a flashlight and strangling her.

      John Michael Farren, 57, was charged with strangulation and attempted murder. He was arraigned Thursday and held on $2 million bond.

      Police said his bloodied wife, Mary, passed out during the attack Wednesday night at their New Canaan home but regained consciousness and fled the house with her children. She was in stable condition at Norwalk Hospital with a broken nose, a broken jaw and other injuries.

      Her husband's attorney, Eugene Riccio, declined to comment.

      An arrest affidavit says the attack occurred after Mary Farren delivered divorce papers to her husband Monday.

      Farren was deputy counsel in the White Housecounsel's office.

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