Remember last year when Senator Rand Paul was attacked by his neighbor? Well, he sued and the lawsuit is costing the neighbor, big time. Who could blame Paul for doing this? He actually broke ribs in the attack.
ABC News reports:
Sen. Rand Paul awarded more than $580,000 as result of attack by neighbor
We now know punching Sen. Rand Paul will cost you a half million dollars.
A jury ruled on Wednesday that Paul’s neighbor, who got into a scuffle with the senator in November 2017, will be required to pay exactly $582,834.82 for his transgression. Paul filed the civil suit against his neighbor, Rene Boucher, in June 2018.
“We’re very pleased with the result and we think justice was served,” Tom Kerrick, Paul’s lawyer, said after the verdict.
Paul, R-Ky., later tweeted about the ruling, saying, “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.”
Officially, Paul was awarded $7,834.82 for medical costs, $200,000 for pain and suffering and $375,000 in punitive damages.
Boucher pleaded guilty last year to assaulting the senator in front of his house in the criminal case. A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail despite a sentencing guideline of 21 to 27 months. Prosecutors appealed the ruling in December, looking for a harsher sentence.
Good for Senator Paul. Maybe his crazy neighbor will think twice next time.