Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that the $580,000 a Kentucky jury awarded him in a lawsuit he filed after his neighbor tackled him in late 2017 sends a message that violence won't be tolerated in the United States. In addition to breaking six of his ribs, fluid and blood pooled around Paul's lung, which led reportedly to pneumonia.
The case went to the jury on the third day of the trial.
"We all expected that Sen". So did federal prosecutors, who appealed Boucher's 30-day sentence, saying that 21 months would have been more appropriate.
Shortly after the attack, Boucher's attorney claimed the clash had "absolutely nothing to do" with politics, and was a dispute over something "trivial".
When he saw Mr Paul blowing leaves onto his lawn, Mr Boucher ran over and tackled him to the ground.
"The thought crossed my mind that I may never get up from this lawn again", Paul said.
Paul showed no outward emotion, sitting between his lawyer and his wife in the courtroom, as Boucher recounted the attack. An apologetic Boucher said he wasn't thinking rationally when he attacked Paul in 2017. It was about all of us and what we find acceptable as a society.
After 90 minutes of deliberations, the Warren Circuit Court awarded Paul $7,834.82 in medical expenses, $200,000 for pain and suffering and $375,000 in punitive damages.
Boucher pleaded guilty to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury in March.
Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said he will appeal the damage award. But he could eventually face harsher penalties, as USA attorneys have appealed and advocated for a 21-month sentence.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, in September 2018 in Washington, D.C. He's been awarded more than a half million dollars in damages after being injured in an assault by a neighbor. "I hope that´s the message from today", he tweeted.