Neighbor Who Attacked Rand Paul May Face Felony Charges

Apparently, Kentuckians have different criteria for what constitutes a “serious” injury than we do in the rest of the country.

To wit, the Washington Post reported Monday that law-enforcement authorities are considering upgrading the charges against Rene Boucher after the Bowling Green doctor trespassed on Rand Paul’s property in Bowling Green, Kentucky and tackled the senator, resulting in what Paul’s staff at the time described as “minor” injuries but were late yesterday revealed to be five cracked ribs.

Few details about the attack or its motives have been released. Boucher, a 59-year-old doctor who reportedly once practiced medicine with Paul and has lived next door to the man for 17 years. The two were reportedly friends, until a mysterious dispute created a rift between the men that turned violent on Saturday.

Here’s WaPo:

The man accused of attacking Sen. Rand Paul on Friday may soon face more serious criminal charges because the Kentucky Republican is suffering from several rib injuries, law enforcement officials said Monday.

 

An attorney for the man charged in the attack, Rene Boucher, also said Monday that the dispute had “absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas” and was merely “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial."

 

But new information about the extent of Paul’s injuries could prompt prosecutors to charge Boucher with a felony, according to Trooper Jeremy Hodges, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police.

 

Paul, a second-term senator and former GOP presidential candidate, was attacked by Boucher, 59, on Friday outside his home in Bowling Green, Ky., police said. Boucher was charged with fourth-degree assault and released on Saturday on $7,500 bond.

Boucher’s lawyer released a cryptic statement about his client’s motivation in assaulting a sitting United States senator, saying the attack was the result of a personal dispute between the two men, and had nothing to do with politics. He added that the matter in contention would be considered “trivial” by most people.

 

 

The misdemeanor charge against Boucher applies to cases in which no weapon is involved and the victim receives minor injuries, Hodges said.

At the time of the assault, Paul had “trouble breathing due to a potential rib injury,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Warren County District Court. On Sunday, Paul’s office announced he was recovering from five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures, meaning the bones are partly or completely cracked. He has lung contusions, or bruises, caused by the broken ribs, and his recovery could last several months, his office said.

“It requires serious physical injury in order for someone to be charged with a felony,” Hodges said. “Our arresting officer will submit his completed case report and then the prosecutors will make a decision about whether to upgrade those charges,” said a spokesman for the Kentucky state police.

Boucher’s lawyer also noted that both men are “prominent members of the Bowling Green medical community."

Paul did not return to Washington on Monday as he normally would for U.S. Senate proceedings, according to his chief of staff, Doug Stafford.

“It is a pending, serious criminal matter involving state and federal authorities. We won’t have any further comments at this time,” Stafford said in an email.

Paul’s fellow Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell wished Paul a speedy recovery on Monday. McConnell told reporters in Kentucky that Paul’s absence creates another challenge in what he described as a daily “Maalox moment” prompted by the struggles to hold together his 52-member caucus.

“It’s potentially a challenge” any time a Republican senator is absent from the Senate, McConnell added, because his caucus isn’t “always totally in lockstep."

Given everything hanging in the balance with tax reform, and initial reports that Boucher is a registered Democrat, we can’t help but wonder: What could drive a 59-year-old medical doctor to - against all better judgment - sack one of his neighbors?

Of course, we’re not the only ones looking for answers...

 

 

Comments

Buckaroo Banzai Yuri Bezmenov Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:21 Permalink

"saying the attack was the result of a personal dispute between the two men, and had nothing to do with politics"Nothing to do with politics? I'm calling BULLSHIT.Just like the Congressional baseball game shooting had "nothing to do with politics" and was given the "nothing to see here, move along" treatment by the FBI, and subsequently thrown into the memory hole after about a week.

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SWRichmond Buckaroo Banzai Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:31 Permalink

 Nothing to do with politics? I'm calling BULLSHIT.The guy's attorney's trying to keep his client alive.  He will probably fail.In any event the bill for Private Security will bankrupt the guy he will need private security for the rest of his life for himself and his family members and he knows it.  The right-wing in this country has had enough and is looking for an outlet. His client volunteered.

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Al Gophilia curbjob Tue, 11/07/2017 - 04:47 Permalink

It's a national disgrace that it didn't happen 10 years earlier, I'd say. That sleazebag, back-stabbing, two-faced bastard, abandoned his father to the bankers and offered his feilty to the deep state by backing Mittens Romney over the only true American to grace the halls of the people in a 1/2 century, Ron Paul. Liberty or death. Fuck him and any of you cunts with the attention span of a chimpanzee. Everything short of an end to the fed is a diversion.Squirrel!

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NoDebt Barry Madingo-Odongo Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:55 Permalink

"LOL Boucher means Butcher in French LMAO...hey Boucher 5 ribs please.  Some hoax code?!"I don't care if it is or not, I'm just glad you caught that.  FYI-  IF THE GUY IS A FLAMING LIB I GUARANTEE IT'S ABOUT POLITICS, DESPITE THE DENIAL.  THEY KNOW NOTHING ELSE.  IT IS THEIR RELIGION.  IT IT INFORMS, COLORS AND DEFINES EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IN THEIR LIVES TO THEM. 

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greenskeeper carl NoDebt Mon, 11/06/2017 - 22:53 Permalink

I agree. Its a consequence of calling everyone literally hitler for disagreeing with you. Or accusing you of literally killing us all for not buying into the global warming scam. Or murdering our poor and seniors for suggesting maybe, just maybe, we need to cut spending a tad bit. It IS good for him that he cuts his own grass. I have no idea, obviously, how many of them do that, but I'd wager its maybe a dozen or two at most. I bet most of them couldn't even start a mower, or change a tire, if their lives depended on it.

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nmewn NoDebt Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:04 Permalink

I'm the father of a college student and (in reference to your query above) its the same size as the old dime bags but it costs $60 now. He knows this because he has friends of friends who know other friends of friends.But its some pretty kick ass bud, so the friends of friends of friends say ;-)

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Barney Fife Mr Pink Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:40 Permalink

In DC the response is a little more subtle. 

  1. Honest man notices "metallic" taste in his morning cornflakes. 
  2. Three days later his hair falls out and he starts bleeding from his nose, eyes, and gums. 
  3. Two days after that he's pronounced dead from polonium poisoning. 
  4. Establishment gets a good laugh. Another POS "boy scout" type bites the dust. 
  5. Lucifer is pleased. His flock has served him well. 

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serotonindumptruck Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:50 Permalink

Rand Paul mows his own lawn!I wonder how many other Senators do that?These two guys were apparently good friends for the majority of those 17 years.The most likely reason for the initial misdemeanor charges was Rand Paul did not wish to press charges and was perhaps adamant that felony charges not be filed.

DirtySanchez Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:52 Permalink

Imagine for a moment, some lunatic ran up at full speed and tackled barky obozo, breaking 5 of his ribs.

Or did the same to any democratic member of congress.

Then imagine if the perpetrator is a white male.

The fake jews media would never ever let this go.

The lunatic neighbor should get his ass kicked, then properly sentenced.