Court upholds $28.6M assault verdict against ex-Bush lawyer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut appeals court has upheld a $28.6 million verdict in a lawsuit against an ex-Bush administration lawyer for beating his ex-wife nearly to death, saying his involuntary commitment to a mental hospital during the trial isn’t grounds to reopen the case.

John Michael Farren, a White House lawyer for former President George W. Bush, represented himself in the civil assault case filed by his ex-wife. He argued that a Stamford Superior Court judge violated his constitutional rights by proceeding with the trial in December 2013 without him while he was hospitalized.

The state Appellate Court rejected his appeal Monday. Farren’s lawyer on the appeal declined to comment.

Farren is serving a 15-year prison sentence for attempted murder in the 2010 beating of his then-wife at their New Canaan home.

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