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Attorney pleads innocent over wife attack

STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Former White House lawyer John Michael Farren has pleaded innocent to charges he tried to bludgeon and strangle his wife at their home in New Canaan, Conn.

The Stamford (Conn.) Advocate reported Farren, who served under former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, entered his plea Thursday in state Superior Court in the alleged Jan. 6 attack on his wife Mary.

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Farren is accused of attacking his wife with a flashlight and attempting to strangle her because she intended to divorce him. The 43-year-old woman was treated for facial fractures, head lacerations and a broken jaw.

Police said Farren's wife escaped after activating a panic alarm and ran to a neighbor's home with the couple's two daughters.

Farren is being held in lieu of a $2 million bond on charges of attempted murder, strangulation and first-degree assault.

Eugene Riccio, the attorney representing Farren, told the Advocate a pretrial conference has been scheduled for Feb. 16.

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