Timothy Flaherty pleaded guilty in state court today to charges he offered $2,500 to a man his client allegedly beat and screamed anti-Muslim epithets at to ignore prosecutors and police investigating the case.
Word of his plea comes from the US Attorney's office, which says the state plea will help him settle similar federal charges.
Flaherty was indicted in federal court last year after the victim went to the feds when Flaherty offered him the money to tell prosecutors he no longer wanted to press charges. A federal indictment charged Flaherty then handed the money over to the man during a meeting at a Medford coffee shop.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, Flaherty will be on probation for a year, during which he can't practice law. He also faces disciplinary action by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.