U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was awarded some-more than $580,000 in indemnification and medical losses on Wednesday in his lawsuit opposite a neighbor who tackled him and pennyless several of his ribs in a brawl over grass maintenance.
A jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, deliberated reduction than dual hours before delivering a endowment to a Republican lawmaker who had been pounded while doing yard work during his Kentucky home.
Paul had testified during a three-day hearing that he feared for his life as he struggled to breathe after Rene Boucher slammed into him in their upscale Bowling Green area in late 2017.
The jury awarded $375,000 in punitive indemnification and $200,000 for pain and suffering, and $7,834 for medical expenses.
Afterward, Paul pronounced in a matter that he hoped a outcome would send a “clear summary that assault is not a answer — anytime, anywhere.”
Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, pronounced they would appeal.
“We all approaching that Sen. Paul would get a outcome in his favor,” Baker said. “This distant exceeds anything that we were expecting.”
The hearing enclosed testimony from doctors as good as other neighbors, though a many riveting testimony came from Paul and Boucher. Paul, a former GOP presidential candidate, told a jury Monday that immediately after a attack, “the suspicion crossed my mind that we competence never get adult from this grass again.”
An apologetic Boucher concurred he wasn’t meditative rationally and called it “two mins of my life we wish we could take back.” Paul showed no external emotion, sitting between his counsel and his mother in a courtroom, as Boucher recounted a attack.
In his lawsuit, Paul sought adult to $500,000 in saving indemnification and adult to $1 million in punitive damages. Baker had conceded a “reasonable award” competence be in sequence for Paul’s pain and pang though pronounced no punitive indemnification should be awarded. Baker pronounced that Paul had resumed his “customary lifestyle” that includes golf and a skiing vacation.
Boucher has already served a 30-day jail judgment after pleading guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. Federal prosecutors have appealed, observant 21 months would have been appropriate. Boucher also was fined $10,000 and served 100 hours of village use in a rapist case.
Both Paul and Boucher recounted with good fact their accounts of a attack.
Paul testified that he got off his roving mower to collect adult a hang and was straightening adult when Boucher strike him with such force that both flew by a atmosphere 5 or 10 feet.
For a moment, Paul said, he had a flashback to a 2017 sharpened during a ball margin when members of Congress were practicing for a game. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana suffered critical injuries in a shooting.
The conflict in Paul’s yard was encouraged by grass care, not politics.
Boucher told a jury that he pounded Paul after examination a senator start combining a brush raise nearby their skill line.
The day before a attack, Boucher pronounced he had burnt another brush raise that Paul had combined nearby a boundary. He doused that raise with gasoline and set it on fire, Boucher said. An blast burnt his face, neck and arms, and Boucher pronounced he was still in serious pain when he pounded Paul a subsequent day. Boucher testified he had hauled divided prior brush piles amassed by Paul but seeking a senator.