January 7th, 2010
08:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Former George W. Bush attorney arrested

A former attorney to President George W. Bush was arrested Wednesday at his Connecticut home and accused of trying to kill his wife, according to local police.
A former attorney to President George W. Bush was arrested Wednesday at his Connecticut home and accused of trying to kill his wife, according to local police.

(CNN) - A former attorney to President George W. Bush was arrested Wednesday at his Connecticut home and accused of trying to kill his wife, according to the New Canaan Police Department.

Police said they were responding to a “panic alarm activation” at the home of John Farren, 57, when they were redirected to another house nearby. A resident there had placed a 911 call saying an injured woman was at her home after being “involved in a domestic dispute with her husband” at the couple’s residence. Police said they found the woman “bleeding about her head, face and body.”

Farren was arrested at the couple’s home a short time later, police said. His lawyer had no comment when contacted Thursday by CNN.

Farren was “charged with Criminal Attempt at Murder and Strangulation 1st degree,” according to a police statement. He was arraigned Thursday in Norwalk Superior Court and is being held on a $2 million bond.

Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, a New Canaan Police spokeswoman, confirmed that the 43-year-old woman was Farren’s wife. She “is in stable condition with head and facial injuries,” according to the police statement.

Former colleagues confirm that Farren worked in the Bush administration. An archived press release said that Farren was appointed deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president in June 2007.

–CNN's Mark Preston and Stephanie Gallman contributed to this report.


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  1. S Callahan God help America!

    DV is not acceptable anywhere!

    One never knows what trurly leads to this stress..but one can imagine perhaps the AG gave him a supeona....definately very stressed out.

    January 7, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Denna

    So much for the "family values" crowd. I doubt that any conservative can utter the phrase with a straight face anymore. I hope Mrs.Farren recovers and that maniac goes to jail.

    January 7, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. LoveThyNeighbor

    See kids, what happens when you get the notion that you are "above-the-law?" These people [& ALOT of others out there in the world] think that they are supposed to be given everything and not be accountable for their actions. A sad world we live in compared to 10-20-30+ years ago. No one is above the law but, many feel they are... Sam

    January 7, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    I am grateful this woman survived. Most of the time they are dead by the time police arrive.

    This jerk will be back on the street before you know it.

    January 7, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Citizen_M

    Just another example of how all these goons believe they are above the law!

    January 7, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Now, get Bush and Cheney.

    January 7, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. greg

    Attempted murder and strangulation? Aren't those just Bush administration "enhanced interrogation" techniques?

    January 7, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    that's a good start. Now if they can arrest Cheney and Rove they might be on to something.

    January 7, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. LarryCA1966

    Yet another fine example of conservative family values.

    January 7, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Alan Smith

    Typical Bush admin hack, trying to solve his problems with violence.

    January 7, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Rob from Texas

    That's the Republican Party for you...first Reagan's grandson gets arrested now this, go figure.

    January 7, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. webmistress27

    wow whats going on with this story?

    January 7, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Brian

    When is Bush going to be arrested for starting an illeagal war?

    January 7, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Mickey

    This idiot shoud have been in jail long ago, just for associating with Bush the war criminal...

    ...party of morals and ethics, indeed...

    January 7, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Steve S

    Gotta love those republican family values.

    January 7, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Ethan

    GOP family values. Wow. I hope he rots in jail.

    January 7, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Nick

    Had he been an attorney for Obama, then FauxNews' flash would read:

    "Obama's attorney arrested for devilish crime"
    "YOU DECIDE: Did the president do enough to protect the victim?
    FOX FORUM: Is Obama the antichrist? Some think he is.

    January 7, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Tom in Wisconsin

    No surprise, the entire Bush administration was filled with criminals...

    January 7, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. R.O.B.

    Well, too bad Bush won't be able to commute this sentence like he did Scooter Libby. haha

    January 7, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. JimFromNewYork

    All of his attorneys should be arrested.

    January 7, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. snowdrop

    Another Republican who can't tell God's anger from his own!! One thing for certain, the Republicans certainly do give us lots to chatter about on any given day!!

    January 7, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Lee

    Holy cow.

    January 7, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  23. Just Me

    I am the last person to defend Bush, but why does his name has to be dragged in this mess. Look, this is a man who allegedly tried to kill his wife period. The fact that he was in the Bush administration has no bearing on the case as I am sure former Bush employees are no more prone to violence than others. I despite link by association. CNN, you need to quit. And yes, I am a proud LIBERAL.

    January 7, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Matt

    And this matters because why?

    January 7, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Independent_me

    Family values???

    January 7, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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