Domestic Violence Charges for Judge and Former White House Lawyer

Posted: January 24, 2010 in family law
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Domestic violence is no stranger to any class of people as I have previously stated in this blawg. This month a senior judge in Pennsylvania was charged with choking his wife during an alleged alcohol related incident. C. Joseph Rehkamp, 61, later turned himself in after being charged with domestic violence. A former president judge of Perry County, he is now a senior judge doing much-needed fill-in work in Luzerne County, where the bench has been depleted in a stunning series of corruption scandals.

Initially, he was taken off the Luzerne bench for this week, while administrators considered his future. According to Luzerne County President Judge Thomas Burke Jr. “There’s no question but that we are in dire straits with regard to our staffing of the courts.” Judge Rehkamp has since been removed from hearing cases by the state supreme court’s chief justice while he resolves the domestic violence charge.

A more serious domestic incident in Connecticut earlier this month left a former White House lawyer in jail facing an attempted murder case and his wife, who works for a major law firm, in the hospital after he allegedly beat and choked her.

John Michael Farren, 57, was in jail in lieu of $2 million bail and state attorney disciplinary authorities were seeking to suspend his license to practice law. In Stamford Superior Court last week it was stated that Mr. Farren represents a “substantial threat or irreparable harm to his clients or to his prospective clients,” and the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel is seeking both to lift his license and to have Mr. Farren appoint a trustee to wind up his law practice.

Both of these articles were reported in the ABA Journal this month and are quite disturbing. I will keep a watch on these two cases and report any updates here.

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