Boucher ordered to pay more than $582,000 in damages to Senator Rand Paul


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A jury in Warren Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon awarded U.S. Sen. Rand Paul $582,834.82 in damages in the civil case he brought against his neighbor Rene Boucher who was convicted last year in U.S. District Court of assault on a member of Congress.

Boucher tackled Paul while Paul was mowing his grass. Paul sustained six broken ribs as a result.

Boucher’s attorney Matt Baker said after court his client will appeal the verdict.

“It was never about the money,” Paul’s attorney Thomas Kerrick said outside of the courtroom.

Paul and his wife Kelley are “glad” to have the civil suit behind them, Paul said.

The case wasn’t about them, Paul said. In a world full of division this case is about people settling their differences in a “peaceful” manner.

Boucher served 30 days in prison after pleading guilty to the assault. A federal prosecutor is appealing that sentence.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- A jury awarded more than $582,000 to Senator Rand Paul on Wednesday in the civil trial involving Paul and his neighbor, Rene Boucher.

The jury awarded Paul with $7,834 in medical damages, $200,000 for pain and suffering, and $375,000 in punitive damages, stemming from an attack that took place at Paul’s home in November 2017.

Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, told WNKY he will appeal the ruling.

Rand Paul Statement:

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.