Senator Rand Paul Awarded Over $500,000 in Lawsuit Against Attacker

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Senator Rand Paul Awarded Over $500,000 in Lawsuit Against Attacker
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Senator Rand Paul Awarded Over $500,000 in Lawsuit Against Attacker
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A jury has awarded Senator Rand Paul over $500,000 in a lawsuit against the man who violently attacked him in 2017. Paul was attacked on his own property by his neighbor Rene Boucher. The attack left Paul with 6 broken ribs, bruised lungs, and a hernia.

Paul was blindsided from behind while mowing his lawn, and never saw his attacker coming. While recovering from the attack, Paul suffered pneumonia. The senator underwent hernia surgery just last week as a result of the attack.

Paul was awarded $375,000 in punitive damages, $200,000 for pain and suffering, and over $7,000 toward medical expenses. Prior to today’s jury verdict in the civil case, Boucher was convicted in federal court for the attack against Paul. Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a year of supervised release after pleading guilty to a felony assault charge.

Boucher claims his attack was not politically motivated, but many are highly skeptical of his claim. According to the Washington Post, Boucher is an outspoken socialist known for political confrontations. Several news outlets have pointed out that Boucher has made numerous posts on his Facebook bashing President Trump and the GOP.

Paul has criticized the light criminal penalties imposed against Boucher for the attack. In a statement following Boucher’s sentencing, Paul said he believes the 21 month prison sentence originally sought by prosecutors would have been the appropriate punishment. Perhaps today’s jury verdict will help take Paul’s mind off the sentencing in the criminal case.

Less than 6 months prior to being attacked by Boucher, Senator Paul was shot at during the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting. The shootout lasted ten minutes, with four victims being shot before the attacker was killed. Thankfully, all the victims survived the attack.

Senator Paul had this to say about today’s verdict:

“This lawsuit wasn’t about me. It was about all of us and what we find acceptable as a society. We need to send a clear message that violence is not the answer – anytime, anywhere. We can hold different views, whether it’s politics, religion or day to day matters.”

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