Again, Aron and Brock Resort to Name Calling: Each Says Other Is a Liar in Anne Arundel Court

By Nevans, Lisa | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), February 23, 1996 | Go to article overview

Again, Aron and Brock Resort to Name Calling: Each Says Other Is a Liar in Anne Arundel Court


Nevans, Lisa, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Two former U.S. Senate candidates called each other liars yesterday - again.

This time the name calling didn't take place on the campaign trail, but in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court where Potomac developer Ruthann Aron took the witness stand in her defamation suit against her opponent in the 1994 state GOP primary, fellow Republican Bill Brock.

Mr. Brock, a former Tennessee senator and member of the Reagan Cabinet, yesterday wrapped up two days of testimony in the jury trial, which began last week. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.

During testimony each said the other lied in describing old lawsuits they'd been separately involved in before the primary.

"She lied a lot," Mr. Brock said of Mrs. Aron's comments about a real estate deal in Pennsylvania in the 1970s for which his company was sued. "When she said something that was a lie, I said it was a lie," he testified.

But Mrs. Aron went further when it was her turn to take the stand. She said Mr. Brock's remarks made it seem as if civil suits she had been a party to were criminal actions. She said Mr. Brock's comments destroyed her campaign and caused strangers on the street to accuse her of being a convicted criminal.

Mrs. Aron's suit contends Mr. Brock tried to smear her when, in the last week before the Republican primary, he said she had been convicted of fraud by a jury more than once.

Her suit also challenges television and radio ads Mr. Brock ran in the last week of the campaign that said she "had trouble obeying the law" and "more than once the court ruled her out of bounds."

The remarks and ads referred to the $300,000 Mrs. Aron paid to settle lawsuits brought by partners in two real estate deals.

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