The man accused of tackling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and breaking his ribs as he was mowing his lawn appeared in court on Thursday. Nathan Frandino reports.
Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a fourth-degree assault charge for allegedly tackling Senator Rand Paul and breaking his ribs. An arrest warrant, citing Paul, says Boucher came onto his property and tackled him from behind as he was mowing the lawn. Shortly after the incident, local media reported that it was related to a property dispute. Boucher's attorney Matt Baker said it was not politically motivated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MATT BAKER, BOUCHER'S ATTORNEY, SAYING: "That's absurd. Politics has nothing to do with this. Zero." On Twitter, Paul said he suffered six broken ribs and that an x-ray showed fluid buildup in the tissues that line the lungs and chest. Boucher faces up to a year in jail if convicted. He'll return to court for a pre-trial hearing on November 30th... and until then he must remain at least 1,000 feet away from Paul at all times.