Sen. Rand Paul's longtime neighbor pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge that he assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn.
Rene Boucher only spoke to reply "yes, sir" to a judge during a brief arraignment. He showed no emotion and kept his head down. Boucher faces up to a year in jail if convicted of fourth-degree assault.
Paul, who was not at the hearing, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he suffered six broken ribs and has excess fluid around his lungs. The injuries have sidelined Paul from the Senate as he recovers at his home.
A prosecutor said after court that criminal charges may change in the case because of the severity of the...