Sen. Paul: No ongoing neighbor dispute before attack

June 12, 2018
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A court filing in the federal case against Dr. Rene Boucher, a neighbor who tackled Paul said the neighbor “lost his temper” over yard debris on the property line between their homes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he hadn’t spoken for years to a neighbor who alleges in court documents that he lost his temper and attacked Paul after a problem with yard debris in their Kentucky subdivision.

A statement from Paul’s office Tuesday says Paul “had no conversations or discussions with the attacker” in the last decade.

The neighbor, Dr. Rene Boucher, is facing a 21-month sentence for assaulting a member of Congress. Boucher says in a sentencing memorandum that he lost his temper on the day of the Nov. 3 attack. Boucher says Paul repeatedly stacked yard debris near their property line.

Boucher says he spoke with members of the homeowner’s association about the issue, but a Paul spokesman says the senator didn’t hear from the association.

Paul’s statement says “any description of this attack that implies a ‘yard dispute’ justifies such violence and misses the point.”

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