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Convicted New Canaan lawyer gets out of jail

Out on bond until sentencing on assault conviction

Twelve days after a jury convicted J. Michael Farren of the attempted murder of his wife in their $4.5 million mansion over four years ago, Farren was released from custody until his sentencing in September.

Determined not to be photographed as he left the Stamford courthouse, Farren held a cardboard box up to his face while walking out the courthouse glass doors.

Still camera-shy as he drove away in his sister's car, he laid down on the back seat as it made its way out of the circular drive.

This was the second time Farren was brought to the courthouse since his July 11 conviction.

He was brought down to the courthouse from the Bridgeport correctional center one week ago but balked at the cost of springing him from jail after Judge Richard Comerford raised his bond from $750,000 to $1 million following his conviction.

Apparently after another week in Bridgeport he was more inclined to allow a relative to pay the $18,000 to be free until his sentencing Sept. 11.

Farren is appealing his conviction resulting from the trial that he neither saw, nor participated in. Up until June he had represented himself , but then abruptly pulled out and Comerford assigned the two attorneys that Farren hired when he was arrested for the grizzly domestic assault on Jan. 6, 2010 that came two days after his former wife Margaret Farren unexpectedly served him divorce papers in their Wahackme Road home.

-- John Nickerson

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