Ex-Bush lawyer takes the Fifth in civil lawsuit

March 23, 2010 4:37:05 AM PDT
A former White House attorney charged with trying to kill his wife at their Connecticut home repeatedly asserted his right against self-incrimination during a hearing on his wife's $15 million lawsuit. Fifty-seven-year-old John Michael Farren, who worked in both Bush administrations, refused to answer many questions Monday in Stamford Superior Court. The hearing on whether to uphold a freeze on up to $15 million worth of Farren's assets is set to continue Thursday.

Police say Farren beat and strangled 43-year-old Mary Farren at their New Canaan home in January, two days after she filed for divorce. He has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges, and he's being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Mary Farren is suing for damages in the attack.


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