Accused Ex-White House Attorney Was No-Show At Civil Trial

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John Michael Farren
John Michael Farren

On the eve of when evidence in the civil trial was to begin Dec. 9, Farren sent an email to the Stamford Superior Court. He said simply that he was in Hartford Hospital seeking medical treatment.

When Bush administration lawyer John Michael Farren appeared in court to defend himself against a civil lawsuit over claims he tried to kill his ex-wife, he was was always dressed in a suit and tie.

In fact, Farren had fired his civil lawyer and insisted on representing himself. In pre-trial hearings, he wanted the judge to call him "Attorney Farren."

"He demonstrated he's a skilled lawyer," said one of his ex-wife's lawyers, Paul Slager, of Silver, Golub & Teitell in Stamford. Slager and Ernest Teitell represented Mary Margaret Farren, who is also a lawyer, in her civil suit against Farren.

"The judge commented on the quality of his legal work," said Teitell.

But suddenly when it was time to pick a jury earlier this month, Attorney John Michael Farren was no longer dressed in a suit. His attire now consisted of jeans and a flannel shirt.

Also, he wanted to be called by his name, minus "attorney" in front of it.

Then on the eve of when evidence in the civil trial was to begin Dec. 9, Farren sent an email to the Stamford Superior Court. He said simply that he was in Hartford Hospital seeking medical treatment.

Judge Robert Genuario delayed the start of evidence to Dec. 10 and sent emails back to Farren, hoping to get further information about his situation. Farren was warned that the trial would go on without him if he failed to provide medical documentation supporting his condition. But he made no further replies.

Genuario then entered a default judgment and Slager and Teitell presented their client's case without Farren there.

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