Christy Mihos pleads not guilty at arraignment

Charged with assault, former gubernatorial candidate faces jury trial

Former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and convenience store magnate Christy Mihos entered a plead of not guilty during his arraignment in Barnstable District Court Thursday.  Mihos was originally scheduled to be arraigned in early August on assault charges.

Christy Mihos outside Barnstable District Court Thursday. David G. Curran photo.Mihos is alleged to have assaulted his wife of 38 years at their Great Island home in Yarmouth in July 2011. 

Christy Mihos' attorney, Edward P. Ryan Jr., spoke to reporters outside Barnstable District Court following the arraignment.  Mihos stood next to Ryan as he told reporters Christy is innocent and reiterated their allegations that Andrea Mihos fabricated the assault in an effort to gain the advantage in the couple's divorce.

Attorney Ryan said he fully expects Mihos to be acquitted following the jury trial.  Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe has recused himself and a special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case.

Mihos stood by smiling, but did not speak as his attorney answered questions and deflected allegations of Mihos wining, dining and cavorting with high-priced prostitutes.

When asked if the criminal allegations will hurt Mihos' reputation, Ryan said Mihos is troubled and embarrassed by the existence of the charges, but is confident he will be cleared.

Video and photo by David G. Curran.

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