Jury Awards $28.6 Million in Damages to Wife for Brutal Beating by Washington Power-Player Husband


She said she still regularly has headaches, vertigo, memory loss and a host of other medical problems resulting from the beating. Dr. Wilfred Van Gorp testified that Farren suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain disorder, and will never be able to fully function the way she once did.

Always "hyper vigilant," Farren said she lives in constant fear for her safety and that of her daughters. They all live in an undisclosed location out of state.

"He wants me dead," she told the jury. John Farren, who is under house arrest and living with his sister, is under a "no contact order."

The court did not hear from the defense at any time during the trial. John Farren, who chose to represent himself, did not step foot in the courthouse after the jury was selected.

On the day opening arguments were set to take place, Mary Farren's attorneys, Ernie Teitell and Paul Slager, filed a motion to default because of John Farren's failure to appear in court. The next morning, Judge Genuario granted that motion. From there, the court proceeded to the Hearings in Damages portion of the trial.

Several attempts by ABC News to reach John Farren for comment on his ex-wife's testimony or on the jury award were not immediately successful.

As the civil case moved ahead, the criminal trial is pending -- the trial is expected to start next spring. John Farren faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child, and if convicted, could face 70 years behind bars. According to the Stamford Advocate, Farren has dumped his lawyer, "filed and contested various motions," and recently petitioned to be represented by a public defender, claiming he's destitute. The court has said he doesn't qualify for a public defender.

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