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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 6, 1997
The Montgomery County Council yesterday removed from the planning board Ruthann Aron, who has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill her husband and a Baltimore lawyer.Council Vice President Isiah Leggett called the unanimous vote to take away Aron's $18,500-a-year job "difficult and sad." But the council said it had no alternative for keeping the five-member planning board at full strength while Aron is in jail awaiting trial. Lawyers for Aron, a Potomac developer and 1994 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said last week that it would be unconstitutional to remove her while she is unable to defend herself.
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October 14, 2004
RUTHANNE WINSLOW BALDWIN died October 10, 2004. In lieu of a Memorial Service, we ask that contributions be made to the Goucher College Library or the Residents' Assistance Fund at Broadmead, 13801 York Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030.
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May 16, 1998
Ruthann Aron has fired her defense team less than a month after one of the attorneys urged her to plead guilty on charges she tried to arrange the deaths of her husband and a Baltimore lawyer.Attorneys Barry Helfand, Judith Catterton and Erik Bolog were Aron's attorneys when a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial in PTC March. Afterward, Helfand recommended that she plead guilty and seek the court's mercy rather than face a retrial scheduled for July 6.In their place, Aron has hired former Howard County prosecutor Teresa Whalen.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | October 18, 2000
Ruthann Aron, the former U.S. Senate candidate who pleaded no contest to hiring a hit man in 1997 to kill her physician husband, was released from home detention yesterday, according to Montgomery County jail officials. The 57-year-old Potomac resident -- who was also charged with solicitation to commit murder against attorney Alfred Kahn -- had been on home detention since June, with an electronic monitoring device and various reporting requirements. Aron, who could not be reached for comment last night, pleaded no contest in a July 1998 trial that followed an earlier mistrial.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 11, 1997
SOUTH FALLSBURG, N.Y. -- Most people in this Catskills hamlet know little of Ruthann Aron's career as a Montgomery County developer and politician.But they do wonder about her relationship with her father, who was murdered three years ago.David Greenzweig, father of the woman who was arrested this week in Rockville on charges that she tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband and a Baltimore lawyer, was a pillar of this community. For years he owned the Fallsburg Diner. After the diner burned down, he was chief steward at the Raleigh, a prominent Borscht Belt hotel.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | October 18, 2000
Ruthann Aron, the former U.S. Senate candidate who pleaded no contest to hiring a hit man in 1997 to kill her physician husband, was released from home detention yesterday, according to Montgomery County jail officials. The 57-year-old Potomac resident -- who was also charged with solicitation to commit murder against attorney Alfred Kahn -- had been on home detention since June, with an electronic monitoring device and various reporting requirements. Aron, who could not be reached for comment last night, pleaded no contest in a July 1998 trial that followed an earlier mistrial.
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By Debbie M. Price and Debbie M. Price,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer William F. Zorzi Jr. contributed to this article | June 18, 1997
After more than four years of an estranged marriage, sharing the same Potomac home but living separate lives, Barry Aron broached the question with his wife a few months ago. He wanted a divorce.Ruthann Aron said yes, with one condition. She would give her husband of 32 years a divorce, provided he stayed with her through her planned run for the Montgomery County Council next year. Barry Aron agreed.And then, in a bizarre story that has become all too familiar to Barry Aron, a Montgomery County police officer arrived at his office last week with the news: Ruthann Aron -- former U.S. Senate candidate, lawyer, developer, microbiologist and mother of two -- had been arrested on suspicion of trying to hire a hit man to kill him.Speaking for the first time since his wife's arrest, Barry Aron, a prominent Montgomery County urologist and transplant physician, provided a candid account yesterday of their life together and offered a glimpse of a possible motive for her actions.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1999
ROCKVILLE -- A Montgomery County circuit judge refused yesterday to shorten the jail sentence of former U.S. Senate candidate Ruthann Aron, despite her teary plea for forgiveness.During a three-hour hearing, Aron's lawyers sought to have her moved to a halfway house now rather than in April, saying her mental state is deteriorating.At the end of the hearing, Aron rose to plead her case."I don't know what I could say to the court. I don't know what anyone could say for me," she said in a soft, flat voice.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1998
In a move that caught even her lawyers off guard, Ruthann Aron cut short her murder-for-hire retrial yesterday and pleaded no contest to charges that she had put out a contract to have her husband and another man killed.Aron's decision came at the last minute, just as jurors were preparing to hear closing arguments and begin deliberating.As opposed to pleading guilty, the "nolo contendere" plea leaves her record technically free of convictions or any admission of guilt.Montgomery County Circuit Judge Vincent Ferretti Jr. immediately revoked Aron's $25,000 bond, and returned the prominent Potomac developer and one-time U.S. Senate candidate to jail to await sentencing.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1998
Dr. Barry Aron told a Rockville jury that his "blood ran cold" after police told him last summer to sit down for some bad news: His wife of 30 years had tried to have him killed.For 4 1/2 hours yesterday, Aron testified about his relationship with Ruthann Aron -- their courtship, his yearlong affair, their reconciliation and the "tumultuous" recent years.Aron, a prominent Montgomery County urologist, said he was proud of his wife and tried to be supportive, even after she ordered him to move out of their bedroom in early 1993.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1999
ROCKVILLE -- A Montgomery County circuit judge refused yesterday to shorten the jail sentence of former U.S. Senate candidate Ruthann Aron, despite her teary plea for forgiveness.During a three-hour hearing, Aron's lawyers sought to have her moved to a halfway house now rather than in April, saying her mental state is deteriorating.At the end of the hearing, Aron rose to plead her case."I don't know what I could say to the court. I don't know what anyone could say for me," she said in a soft, flat voice.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1999
ROCKVILLE -- Ruthann Aron will do on network television what she refused to do during her two murder-for-hire trials: tell her story.A Montgomery County Circuit judge refused yesterday to block a jail house interview between Aron and Barbara Walters for the ABC news magazine "20/20."Lawyers for Aron's estranged husband, Dr. Barry Aron, asked Judge D. Warren Donohue for a gag order, saying the publicity would taint the jury pool in the couple's civil lawsuits against each other.But after an hourlong hearing, Donohue said he was denying the request because "a gag order would have a substantial effect on Ms. Aron's First Amendment rights and perhaps the rights of the press."
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1998
In a move that caught even her lawyers off guard, Ruthann Aron cut short her murder-for-hire retrial yesterday and pleaded no contest to charges that she had put out a contract to have her husband and another man killed.Aron's decision came at the last minute, just as jurors were preparing to hear closing arguments and begin deliberating.As opposed to pleading guilty, the "nolo contendere" plea leaves her record technically free of convictions or any admission of guilt.Montgomery County Circuit Judge Vincent Ferretti Jr. immediately revoked Aron's $25,000 bond, and returned the prominent Potomac developer and one-time U.S. Senate candidate to jail to await sentencing.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1998
In the year since Potomac developer Ruthann Aron was charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband, Dr. Barry Aron, the various slights, hurts and humiliations revealed about their marriage have shattered the public image of a happy 33-year partnership.These days, as Aron is tried for the second time, it is impossible for anyone in court to pick up those sharp-edged remnants without inflicting new cuts.There is the anniversary card to Dr. Aron that arrived at his office in a bright pink envelope with two figures embracing and wearing party hats on the cover.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | July 24, 1998
A Johns Hopkins neuropsychologist yesterday dissected comments Ruthann Aron made in setting up an alleged murder-for-hire scheme and said there was no evidence that mental illness or brain dysfunction played a part.The 15 tape recordings of Aron making plans with a supposed hit man and a go-between are "rare evidence" to show how a person was thinking, talking and feeling at the time of the conversation, said Dr. Barry Gordon.Gordon was among the first witnesses called after the defense closed its case yesterday in Aron's retrial in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1998
Ruthann Aron's son testified yesterday that in the two years before her arrest, she appeared increasingly mentally ill but his father refused to accept it.Josh Aron, a 26-year-old Wall Street trader, described her as emotional, upset and inclined to abandon relationships more and more quickly during that time. Whenever he tried to discuss his concerns with his father, he said, Dr. Barry Aron brushed them off."He said, 'Your mother's not crazy, she's difficult,' " Josh Aron said in Montgomery County Circuit Court yesterday.
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By Debbie M. Price and Debbie M. Price,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1997
Ruthann Aron, who faces charges in a failed murder-for-hire plot, may have already tried once before to kill her husband by spiking his chili dinner with a "potentially lethal mix" of powdered drugs, the state alleged yesterday.Montgomery County District Judge Cornelius J. Vaughey denied bond and a request from Aron's attorney that she be transferred to a private mental hospital after the prosecution outlined its case -- bolstered with new revelations about ammunition purchases, an assumed name, missing guns and the alleged poisoning attempt.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 6, 1998
At some point late in their rocky marriage, defense lawyers say Dr. Barry Aron pulled out a small pad of paper emblazoned with the name of a drug company and wrote a one-sentence note to his wife, Ruthann."
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1998
Defense lawyers for Ruthann Aron tried to cast doubts on her husband's credibility yesterday, suggesting he was romantically involved with another woman last year at the time Aron contacted a supposed hit man to kill him.Attorney Harry Trainor questioned Dr. Barry Aron about telephone calls he made around that time to a woman with whom he now lives in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg, and about a trip he made with her to Colorado three weeks after his...
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1998
Defense lawyers characterized Ruthann Aron yesterday as a woman with an "eggshell-thin veneer of toughness" that concealed serious mental illness, someone who needed professional help but who instead was entrapped by police when they learned of her alleged murder-for-hire scheme.The entrapment issue marks a new strategy in the Aron case, which is being tried for the second time in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville.Lawyer Harry Trainor Jr. said the tape recordings of his client's conversations with a detective she believed to be a hit man and their go-between showed that Aron was goaded and pushed into the plan that targeted her husband, Dr. Barry Aron, and another man.Ruthann Aron, a well-known Montgomery County developer and former U.S. Senate candidate, was too prominent a figure for police to do otherwise, Trainor said.
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