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Ex-White House Lawyer Headed to Trial for Attempted Murder After Plea Negotiations Fail

Posted Apr 29, 2011 8:34 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The former White House lawyer accused of trying to strangle his wife and beating her with a flashlight is apparently headed to trial after a breakdown in plea negotiations.

An assistant state’s attorney in Stamford, Ct., announced Thursday that plea negotiations had ended in the prosecution of John Michael Farren, according to a story published in the Stamford Advocate and the Connecticut Post. The case was put on the jury list, though no trial date has been set.

Farren’s lawyer, Gene Riccio, told the North Carolina Advertiser that an agreement could still be reached before trial.

Farren was a former deputy counsel to George W. Bush and a former general counsel at Xerox Corp. He is accused of attempted murder for the beating of his wife, who had a counsel position at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. She says her husband attacked her after she refused drop her petition for divorce.

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