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Former US Attorney General Janet Reno Dies From Parkinson's Disease

By Monica U Santos , Nov 07, 2016 05:25 PM EST
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Janet Wood Reno served as the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11, 1993. Reno is 78 years and died Monday morning following a long battle with Parkinson's disease and its complications.

What Is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Parkinson's disease can't be cured, but medications may markedly improve your symptoms.

"As Attorney General for all eight years of my Presidency, Janet worked tirelessly to make our communities safer, protect the vulnerable, and to strike the right balance between seeking justice and avoiding abuse of power," Clinton said in the statement, listing some of her top accomplishments.

The specific group of symptoms that an individual experience varies from person to person, as reported by Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Primary motor signs of the illness include the following:

  1. a tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  2. bradykinesia or slowness of movement
  3. rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  4. postural instability or impaired balance and coordination

According to CNN, former President Bill Clinton said that he and his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, were "deeply saddened" by the passing of Reno, calling her "an extraordinary public servant who dedicated her life to advancing justice, equality, and innovations in criminal justice that would save and lift lives."

As part of the administration of the former president Clinton, Reno oversaw the high-profile convictions of different bombers like the Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman World Trade Center bombing, and Timothy and Terry Nichols for Oklahoma City bombing.

She became embroiled in other scandals including Whitewater, Filegate, bungling at the FBI laboratory, Monica Lewinsky, alleged Chinese nuclear spying and questionable campaign financing in the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election.

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