Ex-White House lawyer in both Bush administrations convicted of trying to kill his wife

A former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations has been convicted of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home.

A jury Friday found John Michael Farren guilty of all charges stemming from the 2010 attack on Mary Margaret Farren. Prosecutors say that two days after she served him with divorce papers, he choked and beat her with a flashlight until she lost consciousness.

Farren wasn't allowed to use a mental health defense, but disputed the seriousness of the charges.

The judge allowed Farren to be absent during his trial after Farren said he wouldn't be able to handle the stress. But he was in the courtroom for the verdicts. He faces up to 50 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 11.