Jury selection begins attempted murder trial of John Michael Farren

A judge denied John Michael Farren's appeal for a mental health defense last week. (5/27/14)

NEW CANAAN - Jury selection is underway in the case of the New Canaan lawyer accused of trying to kill his ex-wife in 2010.

A judge denied John Michael Farren's appeal for a mental health defense last week.

Farren, who once worked as an attorney in the Bush White House, is representing himself.

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Police say he beat his then-wife with a flashlight until she lost consciousness and then choked her. 

The trial is expected to start next month.

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