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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - Former Mass. Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill walked out of Suffolk Superior Court Friday with his campaign finance scandal finally behind him.
"I'm very happy to have this over with, very satisfied with the outcome and hopefully this will be the last time I'll have to see the inside of Suffolk Superior Court again," Cahill said.
Cahill was accused of using taxpayer funds to make lottery ads in an attempt to allegedly boost his unsuccessful campaign for governor.
In a landmark public corruption case, Cahill's first trial ended in a mistrial - leading to criticism of the Attorney General's office for bringing the charges.
"Treasurer Cahill's position always was, I did nothing wrong, my campaign did nothing wrong, and so faced with that and faced with the evidence we had, I would do again what we did," Attorney General Martha Coakley said.
Friday it was announced that Cahill's lawyers and the AG's office had reached a deal in which Cahill acknowledged he violated civil ethics laws, instead of facing another trial and potential jail time.
"I find this proposal to be in the interest of justice," Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine Roach said.
Judge Roach agreed with the deal, placing Cahill on pre-trial probation for 18 months to four years and must pay a $100,000 fine. He also cannot hold public or political office during that time.
"I think that having Treasurer Cahill acknowledge that this was a violation of the law served a large percentage of the purpose in bringing any charges," Coakley said.
Cahill said he didn't want to address specifics of the allegations against him, instead trying to focus on the future.
"I'm just very, very happy for my family, for my wife for all my kids that this is behind me and we got a civil outcome to this case," Cahill said.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cahill must pay at least $25,000 each year. After 18 months, his probation is terminated as soon as he pays off the $100,000 fine. That money will go back into the state's general fund. The AG's office says Cahill cannot use campaign funds to pay the fine.