Ex-Hawaii lawmakers plead guilty to taking bribes in office

  • FILE - Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Honolulu, Jan. 25, 2016. English and fellow former Hawaii lawmaker Ty Cullen, who were accused of taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

  • This undated photo provided by the Hawaii House of Representatives shows former Rep. Ty Cullen, who resigned from the Hawaii House of Representatives last week after federal prosecutors announced charges against him and a former state senator, accusing them of taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation. Cullen and former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. (Brad Goda/Hawaii House of Representatives via AP)

HONOLULU — Two former Hawaii lawmakers accused of taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office pleaded guilty Tuesday.