Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suffered extra severe accidents than initially reported from an badault by his neighbor on Nov. three. (Reuters)
The man accused of attacking Sen. Rand Paul on Friday could quickly face extra severe prison prices as a result of the Kentucky Republican is affected by a number of rib accidents, legislation enforcement officers mentioned Monday.
An legal professional for the person charged within the badault, Rene Boucher, additionally mentioned 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 details about the extent of Paul’s accidents might immediate prosecutors to cost Boucher with a felony, in line with 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 outdoors his residence in Bowling Green, Ky., police mentioned. Boucher was charged with fourth-degree badault and launched on Saturday on $7,500 bond.
The misdemeanor cost towards Boucher applies to circumstances by which no weapon is concerned and the sufferer receives minor accidents, Hodges mentioned.
At the time of the badault, Paul had “trouble breathing due to a potential rib injury,” in line with a prison criticism filed in Warren County District Court. On Sunday, Paul’s workplace introduced he was recovering from 5 rib fractures, together with three displaced fractures, that means the bones are partly or fully cracked. He has lung contusions, or bruises, brought on by the damaged ribs, and his restoration might final a number of months, his workplace mentioned.
Given these accidents, Hodges mentioned police and prosecutors will now contemplate upgrading the fees.
“It requires serious physical injury in order for someone to be charged with a felony,” Hodges mentioned. “Our arresting officer will submit his completed case report and then the prosecutors will make a decision about whether to upgrade those charges.”
The state police investigation stays open and energetic and the formal police report on the incident has not but been filed with county officers, Hodges mentioned.
County and state prosecutors didn’t instantly return requests for remark.
The FBI is aiding state and native authorities to see whether or not there have been any violations of federal legislation, however an FBI spokesman declined to remark Monday on a attainable motive.
Boucher’s legal professional, Matthew J. Baker, mentioned Monday that the 2 males have been neighbors for 17 years and are each “prominent members” of the Bowling Green medical neighborhood and had labored collectively up to now. Paul is an ophthalmologist and Boucher is a retired anesthesiologist.
What might trigger Boucher to badault Paul and break 5 of his ribs remained unclear on Monday. Baker didn’t instantly make clear his badertion, and a quantity listed for Boucher went unanswered on Monday.
“We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible,” Baker added.
Paul didn’t return to Washington on Monday as he usually would for U.S. Senate proceedings, in line with his chief of workers, 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 mentioned in an e-mail.
After the incident on Friday, Paul informed police that Boucher had come onto his property and tackled the senator from behind, “forcing him to the ground and causing him pain,” in line with the prison criticism.
Boucher admitted to “going onto Paul’s property and tackling him,” the report mentioned.
In addition to his damaged ribs, Paul suffered small cuts to the nostril and mouth space.
Boucher was launched on Saturday on $7,500 bond and ordered to not have any contact with Paul, his household or workplaces or to acquire any firearms or weapons of any type, in line with bond paperwork supplied by the county.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday wished his Bluegrbad State colleague a speedy restoration. McConnell informed reporters in Kentucky that Paul’s absence creates one other problem in what he described as a each day “Maalox moment” prompted by the struggles to carry collectively his 52-member caucus, in line with the Associated Press.
“It’s potentially a challenge” any time a Republican senator is absent from the Senate, McConnell added, as a result of his caucus isn’t “always totally in lockstep,” the AP reported.
Even as native authorities tried to piece collectively prices and a possible motive, there was an effort amongst some in nationwide conservative media circles to discover a political motive for the badault.
The Daily Caller famous that Boucher had been a registered Democrat and shared a put up from his Facebook web page “citing left-wing academic Noam Chomsky’s criticism of the Republican party.”
The Blaze, Glenn Beck’s on-line information website, informed readers on Sunday that FBI investigators believed “the attack, which occurred Friday afternoon, was politically motivated.” That declare, extensively circulated on Monday, got here from a report on Kentucky’s WNKY-TV, which didn’t quote or title a supply. As Paul’s workplace stored largely quiet concerning the case, hypothesis ran rampant.
“It appears that Boucher’s badault of the Republican senator is another instance of political violence prompted by the climate of hate that has been fostered by the Democratic Party,” wrote John Hinderaker on the conservative weblog Powerline. “Where will it end?”
The conservative Media Research Center, citing the Facebook posts, informed subscribers to its publication that “Rand Paul’s Injuries From His ‘Socialist’ Neighbor May Be Worse Than First Thought.”
David Weigel and Devlin Barrett contributed to this report.