Strangulation and Attempted Murder
John Michael Farren (left), 57, of New Canaan, Conn., was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. on January 6, 2010, when police received a panic alarm from his home. Farren had allegedly attacked his wife, Mary Farren (right), 43, and a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom with a flashlight. John Farren had served as deputy assistant to and deputy counsel to President George W. Bush in 2007, as well as undersecretary at the Commerce Department, during George H. W. Bush's term. Mary Farren, who had served her husband with divorce papers earlier that week, suffered a broken jaw, facial fractures and lacerations to the back of her head in the attack. Mary Farren was reportedly so badly beaten that she lost consciousness and vision at times during the attack. Luckily, she managed to push her home security system's panic alarm and flee the house with her son. Farren was arraigned on charges of attempted murder and ordered held on $2 million bail.