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

Nov 7, 2016  •  Post A Comment

“Janet Reno, who rose from a rustic life on the edge of the Everglades to become attorney general of the United States — the first woman to hold the job — and whose eight years in that office placed her in the middle of some of the most divisive episodes of the Clinton presidency, died on Monday at age 78,” reports The New York Times.

The Times continues, “She died at her home in Miami-Dade County, Fla., from complications of Parkinson’s disease, according to her sister, Margaret Hurchalla. The disease was diagnosed in November 1995, while she was still in office.”

Says the Washnington Post, “Ms. Reno brought a fierce independence to her job. From the FBI siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Texas to the investigation into Clinton’s sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, she was adamant that her prosecutors and agents work outside of the influence of politics, media or popular opinion.”

 

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  1. What a change to the current Justice Department, where evidence is allowed to be destroyed after being subpoenaed with no repercussions.

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