Man wants charge dropped from Senate race scuffle

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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 3:20 PM
Man wants charge dropped from Senate race scuffle

A former Rand Paul volunteer accused of kicking a liberal activist during Kentucky's fall Senate race is asking a judge to toss out a misdemeanor assault charge he faces.

Tim Profitt has pleaded not guilty to kicking Lauren Valle during a high-profile scuffle Oct. 25 in a Lexington parking lot outside the final U.S. Senate debate between Republican Paul and the Democrat he would defeat, Jack Conway. News footage showed Valle being pulled down and her head being stepped on by a man.

Profitt has filed a motion saying he was justified under a state law that allows the use of force "in defense of a third person," whom he did not identify.

His lawyer, Michael Dean, didn't return a call Tuesday seeking comment. A hearing on the motion is scheduled March 21.