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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has rejected a request by a former White House lawyer in prison for the attempted murder of his wife to stop her from collecting a nearly $29 million verdict she won in a lawsuit while he appeals the award.

The Advocate newspaper reports ( ) that Judge Robert Genuario in Stamford denied J. Michael Farren’s request Tuesday.

A civil trial jury found Farren liable for beating her and awarded her $28.6 million. Farren is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Farren was deputy White House counsel for President George W. Bush and undersecretary for international trade under Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush.

He’s serving a 15-year prison sentence for attempted murder in the attack on his then-wife, Mary Margaret Farren, at their New Canaan home in 2010.


Information from: The Advocate,