UPDATE: Lawyer says attack on Sen. Paul not political

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — 11 a.m.

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A lawyer for a man accused of assaulting Sen. Rand Paul says the possibility of a federal charge is a concern.

Attorney Matt Baker says he hopes that doesn't happen for his client, Rene Boucher, who is currently charged with fourth-degree assault. The county prosecutor has suggested that criminal charges may change because of the severity of the lawmaker's injuries.

Warren County prosecutor Amy Milliken didn't provide any more details but said her office is working with Kentucky State Police and the FBI.

Baker says the attack had "nothing to do with politics." He says it was a disagreement between two neighbors.

10 a.m.

A longtime neighbor accused of assaulting U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and breaking six of his ribs pleaded not guilty to assault in court in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge Thursday in connection with the attack as Paul mowed his lawn in the neighborhood where they both live.

Boucher was wearing a suit and barely spoke in the courtroom, only saying "yes sir" to a judge. He showed no emotion and kept his head down during the brief proceeding.

Boucher faces up to a year in jail if convicted on the charge. Boucher, Paul's next-door neighbor, is accused of attacking the Washington lawmaker last Friday.

Boucher is next due in court Nov. 30 for a pre-trial hearing.


4:20 a.m.

The neighbor of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul accused of assaulting the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn is scheduled to appear in court.

Rene Boucher is charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. His arraignment is set for Thursday in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Paul wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he suffered six broken ribs and a pleural effusion, which is excess fluid around the lungs. The injuries have sidelined Paul from the Senate as he recovers at his home.

The ongoing mystery is what led to the assault. Boucher's attorney has called it "a very regrettable dispute" that was "trivial."

Paul and Boucher have been neighbors for 17 years in a gated community.

A Paul friend says the senator was tackled from behind and slammed to the ground Friday.