Republican Senator Rand Paul won a civil suit on Wednesday against the man who attacked him last year while he was doing lawn work.
The man, Rene Boucher, broke six of Paul’s ribs and left him in “a living hell,” the Washington Examiner reports, after he attacked him between their Bowling Green, Kentucky homes.
As the Associated Press reports, Paul was awarded “$375,000 in punitive damages and $200,000 for pain and suffering, plus $7,834 for medical expenses.”
From the Washington Examiner:
Boucher pleaded guilty in March 2018 to assaulting a member of Congress for the incident. Boucher, who had faced 21 months, was sentenced in June to 30 days in prison and a year of supervised release after the judge said the attack was a dispute between neighbors and not politically motivated.
Paul filed suit later that month, claiming in the suit left him with an “increased likelihood of, and susceptibility to, injury and disease.” He sought compensatory and punitive damages.
He had earlier said his injuries had left him in “a living hell,” in pain from the broken ribs and coping with multiple bouts of pneumonia.
“Boucher initially denied attacking the senator before admitting to Kentucky State Police that he had assaulted Paul. The dispute allegedly began after Paul placed a pile of brush near the property line separating his and Boucher’s residence,” the Daily Caller added.
Boucher and his legal counsel plan to repeal the decision of the jurors, the Associated Press reports. Here’s more:
Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, said they would appeal.
“We all expected that Sen. Paul would get a verdict in his favor,” Baker said. “This far exceeds anything that we were expecting.”
The trial included testimony from doctors as well as other who live in the neighborhood, but the most riveting testimony came from the longtime neighbors — Paul and Boucher. Paul, a former GOP presidential hopeful, told the jury Monday that immediately after the attack, “the thought crossed my mind that I may never get up from this lawn again.”
An apologetic Boucher acknowledged he wasn’t thinking rationally and called it “two minutes of my life I wish I could take back.” Paul showed no outward emotion, sitting between his lawyer and his wife in the courtroom, as Boucher recounted the attack.
In his lawsuit, Paul sought up to $500,000 in compensatory damages and up to $1 million in punitive damages. Baker conceded during the trial that a “reasonable award” might be in order for Paul’s pain and suffering but said no punitive damages should be awarded. Baker said that Paul had resumed his “customary lifestyle” that includes golf and a skiing excursion.