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

Ex-bush lawyer is charged in attack on wife

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A lawyer who worked in both Bush administrations was charged Thursday with trying to kill his wife by beating her with a flashlight and choking her two days after she delivered divorce papers.

John Michael Farren, 57, was ordered held on $2 million bail.

His wife, Mary Farren, was beaten so severely Wednesday night at their New Canaan home that she was at points knocked unconscious and lost vision, police said. She managed to sound an alarm and flee the house with her two children.

Farren was named deputy White House counsel during George W. Bush's second term. He was previously undersecretary for international trade in the Commerce Department under Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush; deputy manager for the elder Bush's 1992 re-election campaign; and deputy director for his transition team in 1989.

Mary Farren is stable at a hospital with a broken nose, broken jaw and other injuries. Her attorney, Andrew Bowman, declined to comment.

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Times wires

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