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Arons to Argue This Morning

A judge in Rockville will hear arguments today on a motion to dismiss the malpractice suit filed by former Senate candidate Ruthann Aron against her ex-husband, urologist Barry Aron. Ruthann Aron, who pleaded no contest in 1998 to hiring a hit man to kill her husband, was released last week from home detention.The malpractice suit, filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court, charges Barry Aron and his medical practice with contributing to Ruthann Aron’s “psychotic break” by prescribing drugs that aggravated her mental problems, including personality disorders, major depression and suicidal tendencies. She alleges he prescribed the drugs, including Valium, Xanax and Halcion, for nearly a decade before she hired the hit man in 1997.Her suit seeks $5 million in compensatory damages and another $20 million in punitive damages.Barry Aron has denied prescribing drugs for his ex-wife. However, a 1998 report in the Baltimore Sun quotes him as saying he followed a common practice among doctors in prescribing for family members.The malpractice suit originally was filed as a counterclaim to a civil suit for emotional distress filed by Barry Aron, which he has since dropped.Ruthann Aron sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1994. She lost to William E. Brock III.The hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled for 10 a.m. before Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Warren Donohue.