Note: GENTLE READER we are dispensing “Previously” section as it seems unnecessary—we’ll just continue the story—if it’s all the same to you.
Season 13—Adventure 9—County Attorney—Episode 3—Scene 1… Taxi driver John Peters was almost late—he was engaged in a bit of “wool-gathering” instead of driving on down to the airfield to pick-up his passenger.
Taxi driver John Peters was almost late
He glanced up just in time to see the MacAir DeHavilland Beaver on its downwind leg in preparation for landing—he just might make it down to the flight line in time!
“Where to, Ma’am?”
“Moosehead County Courthouse, please,” Ruth Ames, 41, formerly of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and most recently of Minneapolis (more precisely of the West Bank near the University of Minnesota) where she had just received her Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree.
She graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School in the middle of her class in 1996 and managed to qualify for admittance into St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She graduated three years later with an Associate of Arts Degree – History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Shortly after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Cunningham.
That marriage lasted two years—she divorced the philandering Mr. Cunningham. She had it with the whole “marriage thing.”
After a decade of one dissatisfying job after another Ames decided to go back to school—the problem was—she just wasn’t sure what she wanted to be when, and if, she grew-up.
It was during a conversation with her French TA, Sarah Boardman, over her difficulties in learning French, that she made two decisions: to buckle-down and pass her language requirement—and to study law. With Ms. Boardman’s continuing help she passed French and declared her major.
Two years later, she graduated near the top of her class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Law.
She successfully applied for—and was accepted into the University of Minnesota’s School of Law—graduating in the spring of 2016 with her Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree.
Ruth Ames, SJD. It had a nice ring to it.
County Attorney—Episode 3—Scene 2… The chambers of Judge Ambrose E. Fisher… “It appears you have quite a résumé, Counsellor. Ames—why are you applying to be a public defender?”
“It appears you have quite a résumé, Counsellor. Ames…”
“I have had some experience—personal experience in family law, your honor.”
“Are you willing to share that experience?”
“Reluctantly—I will. It is still painful after twenty plus years,” she replied—and then told the entire sordid tale.
Fisher paused a moment, “I’m not so sure you’d be a good fit as County Prosecutor, Ms. Ames.”
“Oh—I’m sorry Your Honor, I was volunteering to be a public defender—as I understand the court is looking for such volunteers. I’ll be setting-up a law office with a friend, Brian Lepus, who I met in the ‘Cities. He told me he has an appointment with you this afternoon.”
“He does—and I accept your offer to serve as a Public Defender.”
To be CONTINUED…