Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno Dies

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FILE - In this April 16, 1997 file photo, Attorney General Janet Reno testifies on Capitol Hill, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposed Constitutional amendment to protect victims's rights. Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, has died early Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. She was 78. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File)
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FILE - In this April 16, 1997 file photo, Attorney General Janet Reno testifies on Capitol Hill, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposed Constitutional amendment to protect victims's rights. Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, has died early Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. She was 78. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File)
FILE – In this April 16, 1997 file photo, Attorney General Janet Reno testifies on Capitol Hill, on a proposed Constitutional amendment to protect victims’s rights. She was 78. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File)

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, has died. She was 78.

Reno’s goddaughter, Gabrielle D’Alemberte, says Reno died early Monday from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Reno was one of the Clinton administration’s most recognizable and polarizing figures. She faced criticism early in her tenure for the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas. In the spring of 2000, the Miami native enraged her hometown’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.

She unsuccessfully ran for Florida governor in 2002.

Source: AP

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