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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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. eddie

    Another Family Values pillar crumbles.

    January 7, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. expatriate

    George always did surround himself with the best of people.

    January 7, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Tom P

    that is consistent with the bullying attitude of the Bush whitehouse.

    January 7, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. algriffin521

    bush must have been involved.

    the Bushes are Connecticut Yankees posing as Texans.

    January 7, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Ikram Khan

    This was just a domestic crime....All of the Bush admin...should be arrested for international crimes.

    January 7, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. g

    gotta love how the topic makes it about Bush. CNN for the L again.

    January 7, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Bruce

    can't say I'm surprised, but I honestly thought it was to do with the administration, not for the ruthless act of an individual.

    January 7, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Erick

    I'm no Bush fan for sure, but this doesn't belong on the political ticker. It has nothing to do with politics.

    January 7, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. jim

    i'm not surprised. I mean, the republicans are the ones who deemed torture as being acceptable.

    January 7, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. al in san diego

    it was just the domestic version of enhanced interrogation

    January 7, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  11. A. Smith, Oregon

    The US Justice Dept. should push this suspect to inform them of all of Bush and Cheney's dirty secrets and illegal activity's during his tenure with the White House.

    This suspect is already going to lose his license to practice law, US Justice should FLIP HIM like a Hamburger to give up Bush-Cheney's crimes against the American people!

    January 7, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. Salahuddin

    He probably thought Bush was still president

    January 7, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. Devil's advocate

    maybe it was just enhanced interrogation

    January 7, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. Michael

    The worst President in US history who lied to the world in order to fight a war in Iraq employed a crazy, violent lawyer who tries to solve his own problems with fighting – SHOCKING!!!!

    January 8, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. Phil from Corpus Christi

    Wasn't the sanctity of marriage a big thing with W.'s administration? What's up with this? First, Karl Rove gets a divorce and now this.

    January 8, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. James Fox

    Gotta love those good ole family values. G Bush and Laura are drinkers, liars, and hedonists. And the people around them are crooks (Duke Cunningham) and violent.

    Give me a president who lies about sex anyday vs. a war monger who sells out his country to start his own personal war.

    January 8, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  17. GOPer

    Too bad, this is really sad news. He should have attacked Cheney when he was in his undisclosed location.

    January 8, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. Vegas Filmmaker

    Somehow all the fringe profiteers on hate radio are going to convince their goofy and stupid audiences that is in fact O'bama's doing and silly Chicago Politics as usual.

    January 8, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. SNAPPA

    Well, thats a start anyway. Many more to go!!!

    January 8, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  20. Greg K., PA

    Well, that's certainly awkward. While I am no fan of the former President, I can hardly blame the man for the depraved (and hopefully irrational) actions of his former counsel.

    January 8, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  21. Eddy Futch

    this is the most useless story I think I have ever read.

    January 8, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  22. Mike Webb

    Bushes and ex bushes,......what a bunch of hypocrites

    January 8, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  23. Hal Summers

    Nice family values.

    January 8, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  24. Preston k

    Pkm another bush man who does not care about how he hurts people as long as he gets his own way

    January 8, 2010 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  25. jules sand-perkins

    If a lawyer in Connecticut is arrested for attempting to kill his wife, his crime is unrelated to his former clients.
    This headline gives the impression that the lawyer was arrested for crimes on which he collaborated with former President George W. Bush.
    Sorry, Democrats. You can't look forward to the arrest of former President Bush later today.

    January 8, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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