Janet Reno, the first woman U.S. attorney general who served eight tumultuous years with President Bill Clinton, has died aged 78 after succumbing to complications of Parkinson's disease. Mana Rabiee reports.
Janet Reno was the top U.S. law enforcement official under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001 -- the longest -serving attorney general of the 20th century. The blunt-spoken Harvard-educated lawyer had an independent streak and a brusque manner than often upset the Clinton White House. Her tenure under Clinton was sometimes tumultuous. Just a few weeks into her job, Reno authorized an FBI raid on the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas that left some 80 people dead, including many children. In 2000, she authorized the FBI raid on a Miami home to forcibly remove a young Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez, to reunite him with his father in Cuba -- a move that infuriated Miami's Cuban exile community. Reno reportedly died in Miami early Monday from complications related to Parkinson's disease. The 78-year-old was diagnosed with the disorder in 1995.