Former Deputy White House Counsel Charged With Attempted Murder

In a startling development, former Bush White House Counsel John Michael Farren, 57, has been charged with the attempted murder of his wife, Mary Farren, who is also a lawyer. The crime allegedly occurred at their Connecticut home in a rage-filled argument.

Mary Farren was reportedly so savagely beaten that she lost vision and consciousness in the attack.

Farren worked for both Bush presidents. He was undersecretary for international trade in the Commerce Department for President George H.W. Bush as well as deputy manager of his 1992 re-election campaign and deputy director for his transition team in 1989. He then worked in the White House Counsel’s office for George W. Bush.

Farren is not only a former presidential legal adviser but also the former general counsel at Xerox Corp. His wife is counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. He is also a member of the board of advisers of the Aspen Institute, where ABA Journal reports he is listed as an “independent legal services professional” in the New York area.

For some, the case is tragically reminiscent of another Bush Commerce lawyer, William Lash III, who killed himself and his child in a fight with his wife a few years ago, here.

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11 thoughts on “Former Deputy White House Counsel Charged With Attempted Murder”

  1. Fred Fielding defends the guy. That alone is a ringing endorsement of good character on par with an endorsement from Satan His Fallen Self.

  2. The legal journal articles seem unduly sympathetic to him.

    “It’s a tough time for lawyers and particularly not a good time for Republicans who are out of office, unless they have a think tank to support them.”

    Awww… the poor guy. Just a little tank of think would have straightened this all out.

  3. So will Mr. Farren have to surrender or will the bar suspend his law license until the felony is either pled down or dismissed?

    That is a collateral consequence of this act.

  4. Interestingly, Ms. Farren has a background in engineering, in addition to her J.D.

    From the liked bio:

    “B.S., Engineering, Lehigh University, 1988”

  5. The incident in question has to do with Farren’s murder plot against his wife. Mary Farren, an energy lawyer, was severely beaten Wednesday night in the Farren’s home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Mary Farren filed for divorce on Monday and two days later she was beaten with a flashlight and choked.

    HOLY SHIT BATMAN. The stakes have gone up, since she filed for Divorce. If this is true and he is convicted his sentencing will be severely enhanced. So much for the Law and Order Politicians. Who was it here that stated that this was the Bush Crime Family Syndicate?

  6. And what form of phony outrage do you suppose we will hear from the M$M regarding this case involving a former George Dubya Bush aide?

    “chirp” “chirp” “chirp” “chirp”

  7. I know I should be ashamed but when the devil is not giving you directions what else do they have to do but taunt their own?

    Maybe he can get a job with the Blackwater/Xe?

  8. From the articel:

    “That’s when Michael Farren allegedly began pulling out Mary’s hair, beating her with a metal flashlight and strangling her. Mary reportedly drifted in and out of consciousness during the attack but at some point, triggered a house alarm that notified police.

    Michael Farren threatened to slit his wrists with a knife, according to the police report. Mary then escaped with the couple’s two daughters in a car and drove to the first house with lights on.

    Mary was hospitalized last week with a broken jaw and other facial fractures.

    Police said Michael Farren requested medical help for arm cuts and a neck abrasion. Police said he had marks around his neck from what appeared to be a leather belt.

    “This report is sad and stunning,” said Fred Fielding, who is Farren’s former boss in the White House counsel office, “and completely out of character to anyone who knows or has worked with Mike.””

    Apparently not, Fred.

  9. Protection, even from the media, is what one gets when they are a made man involved in a criminal enterprise like the Bush Administration, eniobob.

    Revolting, isn’t it? The lack of coverage is directly proportional to the calls made to the MSM outlets by his former employer. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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