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nors leads a team of around 60
    s Hawai‘i’s chief federal law enforcement official, U.S. Attorney Clare Con-
assistant U.S. attorneys and staff tasked with protecting the
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and upholding the rule of law.
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political favors.
Former state Senate Major-
“I never watched L.A. LawCit or any of those legal shows,”Re she says. “In high school, I didn’t do debate. I did dramat-ty, ic interpretation.” pic
Just a month into the job, on Feb. 8, 2022, she announced the office was charging two for- mer state lawmakers with honest services fraud — in layman’s terms, they were accused of taking money in exchange for legislation and
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herself as part of a tradition ofpr leaders guiding an institution with a deep history and a clear mission — she says she hadn’t set out to become an attorney,thr much less a prosecutor. co
   ity Leader J. Kalani English and former state Rep. Ty Cul- len pleaded guilty and English was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison. At press time, Cullen — a sitting lawmaker when he was charged — was awaiting sentencing.
The Punahou School gradan is the daughter of a formeran Catholic priest and a formerdo Catholic nun — both servedbe in the Maryknoll Missionaryaw Society. —
 During her tenure, the office also secured convic- tions against prison guards for assaulting an inmate and attempting to cover it up; a businessman for defrauding the federal government of COVID-19 relief funds; and a former instructor for sexually exploiting a student.
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