January 7th, 2010
08:31 PM ET
4 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. CTSadler

    Yep. That sounds about right.

    January 7, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Albert K. L.A., CA

    This is so sad. When people get mad , or get in raged, they must walk into another room, sleep on it, or get something to eat and move on with life. How different could things have been? I am a lawyer also and really feel for these two because they both knew, or should have known, that rule, but they allowed the moment to rule rather than the mind.

    January 7, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. Jon Wilhelm

    dogs lie with dogs

    January 7, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Fenris

    More Republican family values! What a bunch of hypocritical losers.

    January 7, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Hate Republicans

    good when they all go to jail it will be a good day

    I would give him the death penalty just for being associated with bush

    give the death penalty to all members of the bush administration

    the cancer they gave to this once great country

    January 7, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. President Obama's "porkulus" package is bringing home the bacon!

    “charged with Criminal Attempt at Murder and Strangulation 1st degree,”

    The same charge could be claimed against the shrub, but, on behalf of the American economy.

    2 wars and tax cuts, what were they thinking?

    January 7, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Midwest

    It just keeps getting harder and harder for the Bush/Republican apologists to make themselves out to be morally superior despite the very different reality we all see on the nightly news about their private lives. (Divorces, cheating, lying, payoffs to hush up the "other woman" and now attempted murder) You go guys!

    January 7, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Michael Hsu

    Since obama blames his mistakes on bush, the reverse is also true (what goes around comes around), so it must be the next administration (obama's) fault!

    January 7, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. not alone

    More good news from the Party of family values..

    January 7, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Amazed

    Man these Republicans are crazy after they take off their Good Bushie suits.

    January 7, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Gary

    Didn't have morals before.. why start now?

    January 7, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. John

    Former George W. Bush attorney arrested

    Nearly everything associated with GWB carries some lingering stench...

    January 7, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. Libertarian

    Post-traumatic stress syndrome from serving under Cheney.....I mean Bush? I can imagine he did some unspeakable things that haunt him every day.

    January 7, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. hrh

    Just one more Rethug who needs Anger Management.

    January 7, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. John

    He was a Bush attorney? He's also a terrorist.

    Waterboard him.

    January 7, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Tim

    How many current and former Obama associates have been or should be arrested?

    January 7, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Robin

    Good heavens!! You would think someone of his stature would know better! Sheesh!!

    January 7, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Marc

    He learned from the best of the thugs.

    January 7, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. sanity check

    We oughta arrest Bush for trying to murder the United States. Cheney too.

    January 7, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. Meka

    Did you mean to say "Cheney's Attorney"?

    January 7, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. Runofthemill

    Think he'll try to clam executive priviledge? Or will he say he was authorized to do it because it would protect national security?

    January 7, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. midwesterner

    Who cares who he worked for? You guys need to get with it and move on . . . time for sniping is gone.

    January 7, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Dean in PA

    Why I am not surprised?

    January 7, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. Daniel Villa

    Bushs innner circle , thugs and criminals- the advisors who guided our great nation like drunks into the mud!! Thank god for President Obama!!!

    January 7, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  25. WOW

    This is way beyond a "mistake", this is a very serious character flaw. This guy sound like antisocial personality disorder, ie. psycho.
    Conforting to know he used to be in a high position with the Bush outlaw gang. Lucky for the wife Bush is no longer in office or she would have been murdered and it would have been covered up.

    January 7, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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