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Former Bush administration lawyer charged with attempted murder

By Al Kamen
John Michael Farren, former general counsel of Xerox Corp. and more recently deputy White House counsel in the George W. Bush administration, has been charged with attempting to kill his wife Wednesday night at their home in New Canaan, Conn.

Farren, 57, who had also been undersecretary of Commerce for international trade in the George H.W. Bush administration, was charged with attempted murder and first-degree strangulation after police received a panic alarm from the house, according to GreenwichTime.

Farren's wife, an energy lawyer, was hospitalized with a broken jaw, fractures to the face, lacerations on the back of her head and had lapsed in and out of consciousness, her lawyer said. The Associated Press reported that Mary Ferren had served him Monday with divorce papers.

The couple has been married since 1997 and have two children, a seven-year-old and a four-month-old.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 7, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
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You guys have got to be kidding me. Did you read about all the brutality this man visited on his wife, the woman he is supposed to love? This man pulled out hunks of her hair, beat her in the face with a flashlight, tried to strangle her and then pulled a knife. She had to run for her and her two babies lives to the home of a complete stranger, choosing that particular house because the lights were on.

You guys seriously believe that his actions shouldn't be exposed to the light of day?

Posted by: njardine | January 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

It's all George W Bush's fault -- it must be. It always is, isn't it?

But if we are going to blame Bush for every act or remark by a former staffer, then wow the lunatics working in the Obama administration will be a source of entertainment for decades.

Posted by: JBaustian | January 8, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The defensive outrage of Republican partisans to the publication of this story doesn't help our cause. Its an instance of "man bites dog" when someone in high places does something loathsome and lowly like this, so it is GOING to be published.
Without looking, I'd bet the suicide (or was it?)of that Clinton lawyer also got plenty of coverage. There is no need for anyone to get their underpants in a twist over it. When Democrats try to make partisan hay over this (and some will), their motives will be transparent, and their credibility will suffer. When Republicans express outrage that the story was printed, they just sound hysterical.

Let it be.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | January 8, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The news are profiling. The point they need to make is about a woman and the brutality. Morality is lack of God in their lifes.Here again these are not actions of a party or any thing else. This is a man joining Satan.

Posted by: sbhappe34 | January 8, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

It's printed that way because of the long history of GOP officials claiming to be only second to God himself in religious convictions and high morals which makes the news of any GOP official committing a heinous crime BIG NEWS! The party of hypocrites -- the GOP -- opens itself up for this kind of exposure for that very reason. When you repeatedly put yourselves on such a high moral horse, its newsworthy when you come crashing down!

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | January 8, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

If it was a former Clinton administration lawyer would you print it that way or just that John Michael Farren, tried to kill his wife. Lets quit beating the previous adminitstration because the Obama camp thinks its a good thing to do.

Posted by: Brushstomper | January 8, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The urge of some posters to ascribe evil motivation as a party phenomenon has always struck me as juvenile. Still, I hoped it was Yoo.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 8, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

At least he didn't leave her to drown in his car, a la the late Liberal Lion of the Senate.

Posted by: GRILLADES | January 7, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

ANSWER: WOW you are really reaching. A car ACCIDENT does not compare in any way with an intentional act of attempted murder. Only an idiot would rationalize such a pathetic excuse.

Posted by: gregp1 | January 8, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Yep, all of our good moral Republican friends want us to see them profusely quote the bible and praise the lord -- then they slink-off to troll for men in airport men's rooms, call dial-a-hooker, and then come home and strangle the old lady because she wants a divorce. Hey, its all perfectly normal behavior as long as you don't get caught.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | January 7, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

To all those who were up in Peter Orszag bedroom and commenting on how many kids he has, here is a story for you. Orszag had broken up with his girlfriend (an heiress to boot). He did not attempt to kill her because she was about to have a child. I don't think he even claimed to be morally superior to anyone.

The ignorant and foolish are trying to turn this on Sen. Kennedy. Kennedy was not married to Mary when she died.

These fools now want to change the subject while turning a blind eye to this pharisee who wanted to kill his wife because she asked for a divorce. Given the history of repub men, I wonder if she found him with another man? Did she find evidence of a soulmate? Or was he sleeping with his aide whose husband is his right hand man?

Posted by: hadelaide | January 7, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

At least he didn't leave her to drown in his car, a la the late Liberal Lion of the Senate.

Posted by: GRILLADES | January 7, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"The list of these good, moral Republicans headed for prison just keeps growing. We thought Nixon was the bottom of the barrel but he was a choir boy compared to some of these current white trash scum bugs. I'm for law and order; we need to build more prisons to house all the right wing garbage."
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At least he didn't let her drown in a car, like the late Liberal Lion of the Senate.

Posted by: GRILLADES | January 7, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"If you are an equal opportunity critic, you may wish to be informed that there were more criminal convictions of Democratics under the Clinton administration, far more than Nixon's administration, making the Clinton administration the most corrupt administration in US History. Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com"

And you could actually give names and numbers?

Start with John Mitchell, jailed, the Watergate plumbers unit, jailed, and on and on. Then Came Ronnie and HIS collections of felons (convicted) like Samuel Pierce, jailed...
Care to name names?

Posted by: ceflynline | January 7, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

They've got "Family Values" they've got "Family Values" Republicans are always morally better than you or me, they've got "Family Values" they've got family values, and a broken jaw and jail time to go with their D I V O R C E.

Posted by: rkerg | January 7, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping it was Stephen Hadley, John Yoo or David Addington.

Posted by: gce1356 | January 7, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Attempted murder and strangulation? Aren't those just "enhanced interrogation techniques?" He was probably just used to doing things the typical Bush/Cheney way.

Posted by: gce1356 | January 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I must have missed the headlines that exposed "Former Terrorist is Friend of Obama"
Oh I forgot, he's not a republican.

Posted by: jhnjdy | January 7, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

jnrentz@aol.com wrote:

"If you are an equal opportunity critic, you may wish to be informed that there were more criminal convictions of Democratics under the Clinton administration, far more than Nixon's administration, making the Clinton administration the most corrupt administration in US History."
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What's this? Another wingnut fantasy invention to make yourself feel less like a jerk or just a typical white-trash republican lie?

Where are your statistics? In Jerry Falwell's Library of Hate?

Gimme a break.

Posted by: Frank57 | January 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Uno consigliere per Fredo Bush.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 7, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The list of these good, moral Republicans headed for prison just keeps growing. We thought Nixon was the bottom of the barrel but he was a choir boy compared to some of these current white trash scum bugs. I'm for law and order; we need to build more prisons to house all the right wing garbage.

Posted by: royhobbs1 | January 7, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse
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If you are an equal opportunity critic, you may wish to be informed that there were more criminal convictions of Democratics under the Clinton administration, far more than Nixon's administration, making the Clinton administration the most corrupt administration in US History.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | January 7, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

yes, because a former low-level deputy white house counsel and under decty of commerce is as newsworthy as the current OMB director, which was being reported in the gossip column. get real.

Posted by: jaebersole | January 7, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse


But look on the bright side. He's a "god-fearing" christian who looks for expeditious solutions to his problems.

Posted by: demtse | January 7, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The list of these good, moral Republicans headed for prison just keeps growing. We thought Nixon was the bottom of the barrel but he was a choir boy compared to some of these current white trash scum bugs. I'm for law and order; we need to build more prisons to house all the right wing garbage.

Posted by: royhobbs1 | January 7, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse


If he has a history of wife abuse there's a discussion to be had about what WH background checks might have revealed.


Posted by: DagnyT | January 7, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

When I saw the Headline I figured they finally charged Chaney.

Posted by: JoeNTx | January 7, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

WOW - now this should be front page instead of someone having a child with a former girlfriend.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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