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

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


John Michael Farren
John Michael Farren

The Farrens had been married since May 1997 after meeting in Washington, D.C.

Mary Farren told police he hit her with a metal flashlight, pulled strands of hair out of her head and put his hands around her neck and strangled her until she passed out.

She then drifted in and out of consciousness during and after the attack and suffered facial fractures, including a broken nose and jaw, according to authorities. At one point when she came to, she ran to a neighbor's home for help with her two young daughters, then aged seven and four-month's old. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital for her injuries.

At one time, Farren was considered a hot commodity in the Republican Party. He had started his political career in the mid-1970s as campaign director for U.S. Rep. Ronald Sarasin of Connecticut and was a leader of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce.

After he graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1982, his political connections landed him prominent positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce under former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and later as deputy counsel in the White House under George W. Bush.

Between his assignments for the Bush administrations, Farren spent 15 years at Xerox, starting as a government affairs specialist in Washington in 1992 and becoming general counsel in 2003 when the company was headquartered in Stamford. He became George W. Bush's deputy White House counsel in 2007.•

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