Criminal Justice

Former White House lawyer cites his possible brain disease in attempted murder case

A former White House lawyer accused of beating his wife with a flashlight told a Connecticut judge on Tuesday that doctors have discovered he has a possible brain defect or disease.

John Michael Farren said an MRI taken in April showed evidence of the brain problem, the Stamford Advocate reports. He is scheduled to have a CT scan of his brain on Thursday.

Farren is acting as his own lawyer as he faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. An earlier charge of first-degree strangulation has been dropped, according to a April story by the New Canaan News. Farren is accused of beating his wife, Mary Margaret Farren, and breaking her jaw after she served him divorce papers in January 2010.

John Michael Farren is a former deputy counsel to George W. Bush and a former general counsel at Xerox Corp. Mary Margaret Farren was of counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

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