Tyson pleads not guilty to charges at arraignment hearing

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Published: January 22, 2007

PHOENIX (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

Tyson spoke only to give his name and his birth date during the brief hearing before Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Lisa Vandenberg, who entered the plea on Tyson’s behalf. Tyson stood with his arms crossed while Vandenberg spoke to his attorneys. He didn’t speak to reporters after the hearing.

One of Tyson’s four lawyers, David Chesnoff of Las Vegas, said Tyson is seeking professional help “for whatever problems he has” and would fight to stay out of prison.

“Drug addiction is a victimless crime,” Chesnoff told reporters. “We believe this is the kind of crime where you shouldn’t go to prison.”

Tyson was indicted earlier this month on felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs. If convicted of all four charges, he could be sentenced to up to 7 1/2 years in prison.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has stated multiple times to the media he would pursue prison time for Tyson (often even vowing it very publicly).

Tyson is due back in court Feb. 26.

Chesnoff, who previously represented celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart on charges of lying about a stock sale, said Tyson’s celebrity has brought unfair attention to his arrest by the public and prosecutors.

“Mike provided a lot of thrills and excitement,” Chesnoff said. “He made a lot of people rich. He’s concerned about this. He’s a sensitive guy. This is not a game to him.”

Mike Tyson stands with members of his legal team while being arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. The former heavy-weight champion pleaded not guilty to charges

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Source: fightnews

By Karl Freitag

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is pulling out all the stops to avoid the prison term Maricopa County chief prosecutor Andrew Thomas has very publicly vowed to seek. Tyson’s “Dream Team” of four lawyers includes celebrity defense attorney David Chesnoff, who represented television personality Martha Stewart in her high profile insider trading trial, as well as pop star Britney Spears and hip-hop entrepreneur Suge Knight among others. Chesnoff was with Tyson during a brief appearance at the Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday morning where a “not guilty” plea was entered on Tyson’s behalf. Tyson is charged with one felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one felony count of drug possession and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. He was arrested after an officer allegedly observed him driving his vehicle erratically in Scottsdale. He is facing up to a seven-and-a-half prison term if convicted on all counts. Iron Mike’s next court date will be an initial pretrial conference before Judge Sherry Stephens on February 26 in Mesa.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson arrives at Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment where he pleaded not guilty, Monday, Jan.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson arrives at Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment where he pleaded not guilty, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs. in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson arrives at Maricopa County Superior Court for arraignment where he pleaded not guilty on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs on Monday, Jan. 22, 2007 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, left, arrives at Maricopa County Superior Court with attorney David Chesnoff, right, for arraignment where he pleaded not guilty on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs on Monday, Jan. 22, 2007 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Mike Tyson stands with members of his legal team while being arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. The former heavy-weight champion pleaded not guilty to charges of felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs stemming Dec. 29 arrest in Scottsdale. (AP Photo/Tom Tingle, Pool)

Mike Tyson listens during his arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. The former heavy-weight champion pleaded not guilty to charges of felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs stemming Dec. 29 arrest in Scottsdale. (AP Photo/Tom Tingle, Pool)

Mike Tyson talks with one of his lawyers while being arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. The former heavy-weight champion pleaded not guilty to charges of felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs stemming Dec. 29 arrest in Scottsdale. (AP Photo/Tom Tingle, Pool)