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Prosecutor of Aron chosen for Howard job

THE BALTIMORE SUN

I. Matthew Campbell, the Montgomery County prosecutor who handled the Ruthann Aron murder-for-hire case, has been hired as a deputy state's attorney in Howard County.

He will be responsible for overseeing the prosecution of criminal cases, State's Attorney Marna L. McLendon said.

He joins Deputy State's Attorney Dario Broccolino, who is responsible for the office's administrative cases, McLendon said.

Campbell prosecuted Aron, a 1994 candidate for the U.S. Senate, who was sentenced in November to three years in prison after pleading no contest to charges she tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband and another man.

Campbell, 52, served as deputy state's attorney in Montgomery County for 14 years and has experience prosecuting economic crimes and offenses by public officials, McLendon said.

"He is considered one of the most highly skilled prosecutors in the state," McLendon said.

Campbell decided to leave Montgomery County, he said, because newly elected State's Attorney Douglas Gansler planned to reduce his role in the office.

"I'm eager to get to know Howard County, roll up my sleeves and lend a hand," Campbell said.

Pub Date: 1/24/99

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