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Top Enron Trial Prosecutor Started out in Richland

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PASCO, Wash. - A local woman played a key role in one of the biggest federal cases in recent times. 

Kathryn Ruemmler who started her education in the Richland School District was appointed to the Enron Task Force in 2003.

Phil Ruemmler said he knew his daughter Kathy was going to do great things in life starting at a young age.

"My wife Patty used to read books to her and pretty soon she could read at three or four (years old)," said Phil Ruemmler at his Pasco home on Friday.

But school wasn't always Kathy's strongest point.  Her father said she preferred riding her horse over hitting the books at Richland High School. 

"She decided to apply herself and started moving up," said Ruemmler. 

After graduating from the University of Washington cum lade and law school at Georgetown University, Kathryn moved her way up the ladder.  She was eventually selected in 2003 as part of the Enron Task Force.

Phil said his daughter gave brilliant closing arguments resulting in major convictions for two of Enron's top executives this week.

"That seems to be what she's really good at, closing.  I'm really proud of her.  I am," said Ruemmler.