Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Suspect in Rand Paul assault pleads not guilty

Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul says he ended up with six broken ribs after a bizarre attack by his neighbor last week while he was mowing his lawn. Paul writes Suspect in Rand Paul assault pleads not guilty
Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2017, 21:35

The man accused of tackling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and breaking his ribs as he was mowing his lawn pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor assault charge, a court official said.

Boucher's only words were "yes sir" as he replied to a judge during the arraignment Thursday, keeping his head lowered and showing no emotion, according to ABC News.

A pre-trial court date was set for November 30 by Warren County District Judge Brent Potter, ABC News reported. Stivers is a former board member of the Homeowners Association at Rivergreen, the gated community where Senator Paul lives.

However, Baker told Bowling Green television station WBKO that the incident was related to a property dispute and called the idea that Paul was "blindsided" an unfair characterization.

Paul, who may be unable to serve in the Senate for months while recovering at his Bowling Green home, was not at the hearing Thursday.

A pleural effusion is excess fluid around the lungs.

Media reports have said Boucher, a physician like Paul, had a long-running dispute with the Republican senator. "Senator Paul does have lung contusions now".

As for the single misdemeanor charge, State Police told Fox News on Monday that in Kentucky, there is a statute that considers an assault a felony only if there is serious physical injury. Paul tweeted links on Wednesday to stories from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner that "report" that the attack was entirely politically motivated by Sen. Paul was mowing his yard and had stopped to remove a limb when Boucher tackled him from behind, Porter said. "We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible".

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.