Janet Reno Dies
Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States, has died. The history maker passed away today from Parksinon’s complications.
Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general whose tenure spanned some of the most tumultuous periods in American life, died. She was 78.
Her goddaughter, Gabrielle D’Alemberte, told the Associated Press that she died early Monday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease.
Reno arrived in Washington in 1993 as a relatively unknown prosecutor from Miami — newly-elected President Bill Clinton’s third choice to lead the sprawling Justice Department — whose apolitical ways and hulking physical stature both endeared her to supporters and made her a perennial target of administration critics.
The second-longest serving attorney general in history, Reno’s Justice Department was thrust into a nearly unending series of tests, from the government’s deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, and the first World Trade Center attack investigation to the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building and the international custody battle for a Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez.