First Woman U.S. Attorney General, Janet Reno, Dead at 78

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Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno has Died

Janet Reno, the first female U.S. Attorney General, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease early this morning. Her niece, Daphne Webb confirmed her death and said Reno spent her final days at home in Miami. She was surrounded by family and friends.

Reno served one of the longest terms in history under President Bill Clinton. She spent nearly eight years in the position. She was a former Miami prosecutor and she was well known for her comment to reporters, “I don’t do spin.” She was slow at deliberating, and known publicly for her blunt manner. She would frequently remind the public, “the buck stops with me,” a famous saying from former President Harry S. Truman.

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One of Reno’s first controversial undertakings involved her decision on the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas. This resulted with David Koresh, the sect leader, and 80 of his followers perishing.

She faced a number of controversies, as well as scandals, that marked the Clinton administration. Some of these included Whitewater, the bungling at the FBI laboratory, Monica Lewinsky, Filegate, the alleged Chinese nuclear spying and some of the questionable campaign finances in the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election.

After leaving her post she returned to Florida. There, she ran for the governor of Florida in 2002. She lost the Democratic primary which was marred with numerous voting issues. During the election her home phone number was listed in a city directory. This was the kind of “folksy” lady Reno was.

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