First fe­male US at­tor­ney gen­eral Janet Reno dies

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Janet Reno, the first fe­male US at­tor­ney gen­eral and a light­ning rod for Repub­li­can at­tacks dur­ing Bill Clin­ton’s pres­i­dency, has died in Florida, US me­dia re­ported. She was 78. Reno died early Mon­day at her Mi­ami home due to com­pli­ca­tions from Parkin­son’s dis­ease, her sis­ter Maggy Hur­challa told CNN. The top US law en­force­ment of­fi­cer through­out Clin­ton’s 1993-2001 pres­i­dency, Reno came un­der fire barely one month af­ter be­com­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral for her han­dling of a botched April 1993 FBI raid on an armed re­li­gious cult in Waco, Texas.

Some 80 peo­ple died when the Branch Da­vid­ian cult’s com­pound went up in flames. Her other ac­tions in­cluded or­der­ing the Mi­ami rel­a­tives of six-year-old Cuban ship­wreck sur­vivor Elian Gon­za­lez in 2000 to sur­ren­der the boy to fed­eral au­thor­i­ties. US im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials determined that Gon­za­lez’s fa­ther had the right to take his son from his es­tranged ex­ile Cuban Mi­ami rel­a­tives, who had cared for the boy since his res­cue months ear­lier at sea at­tempt­ing to im­mi­grate to the United States.

US agents burst into the home and re­trieved the boy at gun­point, then re­turned Gon­za­lez to his fa­ther in com­mu­nist Cuba. One of the long­est-serv­ing US at­tor­ney gen­er­als, her Depart­ment of Jus­tice han­dled prose­cu­tions in the 1993 World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing and two cases of do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism, the 1995 Ok­la­homa City fed­eral build­ing bomb­ing and the “Un­abomber” Ted Kaczyn­ski. Other cases in­cluded an anti-trust law­suit against Mi­crosoft, and su­ing the tobacco in­dus­try along with sev­eral states to re­cover health care money spent on peo­ple who suf­fered the ef­fects of smok­ing.

For­mer US At­tor­ney Gen­eral Janet Reno

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