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.
Her release after serving a little more than two years brought cautious optimism last night from her ex-husband, Barry, and his attorney.
"I'm hopeful that she will devote her energy to rebuilding her life," said Barry Aron, who has remarried. "It's time for her to stop blaming others and get on with her life."
In July 1998, Ruthann Aron filed a $25 million medical malpractice suit against her former husband, arguing that he had prescribed tranquilizers and other drugs for her.
Mr. Aron said last night that he never prescribed drugs for his wife.
Mrs. Aron's suit was a counterclaim to a $7.5 million suit Barry Aron filed -- and has since dropped -- for mental anguish resulting from her attempt on his life.
A hearing to dismiss the malpractice suit is scheduled before Judge Warren Donohue on Oct. 26 in Montgomery County Circuit Court, according to Stephen A. Friedman, Barry Aron's attorney.
"This is an outrageous negligence case," said Friedman.
"If Ruthann was addressing her mental problems, she couldn't possibly be suing her husband for making her do what she did. That's what we're concerned about -- she's really the same person she was when she was sentenced," he said.
Aron finished second in Maryland's 1994 Republican primary for U.S. Senate behind William E. Brock III.