Suspect’s Lawyer: Rand Paul Attack Was Over ‘Trivial’ Matter


Sen. Rand Paul / Getty Images
Sen. Rand Paul / Getty Images

A 17-year next-door neighbor to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), who was arrested on Friday after authorities say he assaulted the senator, was motivated by what is now being called a "matter that most people would regard as trivial."

The statement by Rene Boucher's attorney notes Boucher and Paul were two physicians who worked together when they were practicing, according to CBS News.

"We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible," the statement said.

Paul staffer Doug Stafford said the type of injury could last weeks to months.

Boucher has been charged with a misdemeanor for the encounter, but could face more serious charges, according to Politico.

Jonathan Martin, a journalist for the New York Times, tweeted that the issue may have centered on a landscaping dispute.

"Two Kentuckians tell me Rand's neighborhood fracas stemmed from a dispute over some sort of planting or flora issue around the properties," Martin tweeted.

UPDATE, 5:09 P.M.: This article was updated to make it clear the characterization was made by the suspect assaulter's attorney.