October 24, 1942
New York City
|Other names||Ruth Ann Green (alias)
Ruth Ann Aron Green (alias)
|Occupation||Former politician, former real estate developer|
Ruthann Greenzweig Aron (born Ruthann Greenzweig on October 24, 1942), now known as Ruth Ann Green, is an American convicted criminal, former politician, and former real estate developer who ran unsuccessfully for the 1994 Republican United States Senate nomination from Maryland.
Ruthann Aron was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. After graduating from Cornell University, she moved to Maryland with her husband and two young children, acquired a law degree at Catholic University and became a real estate developer. She completed several big deals. A member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Planning Board. In 1994, she lost the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator from Maryland to former Tennessee Senator Bill Brock, who was in turn defeated by incumbent Paul Sarbanes.
After Brock lost to Sarbanes, Aron sued Brock for slander based on comments he made about her during the primary campaign. Brock had said, at a September 1994 press conference;
|“||She has been convicted by jury of fraud, more than once.||”|
|— Bill Brock, campaign comment against Ruthann Aron.|
In reality, juries had ruled against Aron in two civil lawsuits in which former business partners accused her of fraud or other offenses. A federal judge overturned one of the verdicts, and Aron settled both suits out of court after agreeing to pay about $175,000 in each case.
At the slander trial, Aron cited Brock's use of the term "convicted" for verdicts that had come in civil court. Lawyer Arthur Kahn, who had prosecuted one of the fraud cases, testified against Aron at the February 1996 trial, which Aron lost. Nonetheless, it was the first time that a losing federal candidate was able to get the winner into court over words spoken in a campaign.
Aron was arrested in June 1997 for trying to hire a hitman; she approached William "Billy" Mossberg, a local landfill owner, who immediately went to the police. The police asked Mossberg to work with them and he then agreed to murder her husband and Kahn. She was ousted from the Planning Board in August 1997. At the time of her arrest, she was planning to run, as a Democrat, for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council. In her first trial, she used nine psychiatrists/psychologists to argue that a brain injury and her childhood abuse had rendered her incapable of realizing that what she was doing was illegal. Aron was diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder by multiple psychiatrists. One juror held out on her behalf, and a mistrial was declared. In July 1998, Aron pleaded no contest, and in November 1998 she was sentenced to two consecutive 18-month prison sentences.
She was released in 2001 and said she moved to New York City.
Her son, Joshua Aron, died in the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was working at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Cornell University. Aron's daughter, Dana Aron Weiner, is a psychologist who works at Northwestern University in Chicago. At Aron's trial, Weiner cried to the judge that her mother should be set free with no jail time.
Aron was still living in New York City as of September 2011. In 2004, Aron's case was profiled on the Oxygen Network series Snapped, which profiles female criminals, and also on the truTV series Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice. In 2006, her case was profiled in an episode of City Confidential.
It was reported in May 2016 that Aron is going by the name Ruth Ann Green and living in Montgomery County, Maryland, and in Florida. She has self-published an autobiography claiming her innocence on the charges on which she was convicted.
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- Charles Babington (8 September 1994). "GOP Senate Foes Trade Shots". The Washington Post. p. D06. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- Karl Vick (February 26, 1998). "The Mystery of Ruthann Aron". The Washington Post. p. M20.
- Katherine Shaver (November 24, 1998). "Aron Gets Three Years in Murder Plot". The Washington Post. p. A01. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- Karl Vick (February 15, 1998). "Aron Released From Mental Hospital". The Washington Post. p. B01.
- Myra Mensh Patner (September 26, 2011). "Joshua Aron, 29, victim at World Trade Center". The Gazette.
- http://cornellalumnimagazine.com/pdfs/Sept11_memorial.pdf Archived April 20, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Katherine Shaver (November 24, 1998). "Aron Gets Three Years in Murder Plot". The Washington Post. p. A01.