Janet Reno, first female U.S. attorney general, dies

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, has died at age 78.

Her goddaughter, Gabrielle D’Alemberte, told the Associated Press that she died early Monday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

Reno became the first female attorney general in 1993, under the administration of Bill Clinton.

She served in the role until 2001.

Born in 1938 in Miami, Reno gained a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1960 before attending Harvard Law School.

She was criticized early in her tenure for the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. In 2000, she enraged Miami’s Cuban-American community by authorizing the armed seizure of 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of his relatives so he could be returned to Cuba with his father.

Reno unsuccessfully ran for Florida governor in 2002.

Contributing: Associated Press

USA Today


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