‘ University of Connecticut Agrees $1.2 Million Settlement over Mishandling Sexual Harassment Claims ‘

#AceWorldNewsBOSTON (Reuters) – The University of Connecticut on Friday said it had reached a $1.2 million deal to settle a 2013 lawsuit filed by five current and former students charging that the school had mishandled claims of sexual assault and harassment.


The five women who brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut said university officials had not seriously investigated claims that they had been sexually assaulted on campus.

“This lawsuit may have been settled, but the issue of sexual assault on college campuses has not been,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement posted online. “UConn, like all colleges and universities, must do all it can to prevent sexual violence on our campuses, hold perpetrators accountable, and provide victims with the resources and compassion they desperately need.” 

The lawyer representing the women did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The deal comes at a time of intense scrutiny over how U.S. colleges and universities handle sex crimes. The White House in April declared an “epidemic” of sex assaults on campus.

The University of Connecticut is among 55 U.S. schools facing lawsuits that contend their policies aimed at preventing such attacks may be inadequate and a violation of Title IX, a 1972 U.S. law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)



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‘ Attorney John Farren Who Worked at the White House During Both Bush Administrations is Found Guilty of Trying to Kill His Wife ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Connecticut) – July 15 – An attorney who worked for both Bush presidents was found guilty Friday of trying to kill his wife in their posh Connecticut home more than four years ago.

​John Michael Farren, 61, faces up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced in September for his conviction on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.

The coward could not even show his face in court, sitting out the week-long trial by claiming he couldn’t handle the stress of sitting before his accuser.
An evidence photo shows the severe injuries Mary Margaret Farren suffered.

connecticut.news12.com An evidence photo shows the severe injuries Mary Margaret Farren suffered.

Mary Margaret Farren dropped divorce papers on the former Xerox Corp. general counsel just two days before her deranged husband used a metal flash-light to nearly beat her to death in January 2010.

“He was on top of me and he was squeezing my neck, strangling me and slamming my head … into the floor,” the emotional woman, who suffered broken bones in her jaw and cheek during the assault, testified Monday. “He said, ‘I’m killing you.”

The wounded woman, who lost consciousness at times during the brutal attack, was able to sound an alarm system and flee the couple’s gated New Canaan home with her two daughters to alert neighbors.

“I don’t think I’ll ever forget the words: ‘My husband is trying to kill me, I’m going to die. My husband is trying to kill me I’m going to die,’” neighbour John Achenbaum recounted at trial, News 12 CT reported.

John Farren, who had been free on $750,000 bond, had his bond upped to $1 million and was taken into custody after the guilty verdict was read.

​It’s a stunning downfall for a man who was named deputy White House counsel in 2007 under George W. Bush. He also worked in the George H. W. Bush White House as under-secretary for international trade and deputy manager for his re-election campaign in 1992.

Farren was on suicide watch immediately after the crime when he was found with self-inflicted lacerations and reportedly claimed he intended to kill himself. NY Daily News.

In a civil lawsuit, she won a $28.6 million judgement against her ex-husband for her injuries.

Farren was general counsel at Xerox in 2007 when he was named deputy White House counsel during George W. Bush’s second term.

He served as undersecretary for international trade in the Commerce Department under Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush.

He also was deputy manager for the elder Bush’s 1992 re-election campaign and deputy director for his transition team in 1989.(Daily Mail)


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` Joint Investigations are Under-Way in US States Over Alleged Cyber-Attacks and Ebays Security Practices '

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – May 23 – Several U.S. states, including Connecticut, Florida, and Illinois, are jointly leading an investigation into eBay’s security practices, following eBay’s reveal this week of a massive cyber-attack which the company says compromised a large number of users’ personal information.

Courtesy of LoopNews

Though eBay claims that financial data, which was stored separately, was not acquired during this breach, these U.S. States Attorney Generals’ offices are taking the matter seriously after a series of high-profile attacks at retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and Michael’s have left U.S. consumers vulnerable to identity theft.

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A moment for Newtown

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A moment for Newtown

On December 14th, one year ago today, we lost 26 fellow Americans to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We lost 20 of our youngest students, and six dedicated school workers.

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A moment for Newtown

On December 14th, one year ago tomorrow, we lost 26 fellow Americans to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We lost 20 of our youngest students, and six dedicated school workers.

To mark the anniversary of that senseless tragedy, President Obama will honor those lost at Sandy Hook with a moment of silence tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. We’d like you to join.

Join the moment of silence tomorrow, and help honor the victims of Newtown, Connecticut.

Take a moment for Newtown tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET

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