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Rand Paul Is Suing the Neighbor Who Assaulted Him

In a civil suit, Paul's attorney claims the senator has been the victim of "physical pain and mental suffering."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.), who was assaulted by his neighbor in November and suffered several fractured ribs, has filed a civil suit against the man who attacked him.

Citing "physical pain and mental suffering," Paul is seeking punitive and compensatory damages from Rene Boucher, according to a civil complaint filed Friday in Kentucky's Warren County Circuit Court by Paul's attorney, Kyle Bumgarner.

It wasn't immediately clear exactly how much money Paul is asking for, but the senator does want Boucher to pay his medical and legal bills.

Boucher was arrested by state police following the attack. He later pleaded guilty to the federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress. In addition to being sentenced to 30 days in jail, he was slapped with a $10,000 fine.

Though Boucher admitted committing the assault, he has claimed he only attacked Paul because the Kentucky senator was stacking yard debris near the boundary between their properties.

In Friday's court filing, however, Bumgarner claimed Boucher has engaged in a "pattern of stalking and harassment" of Paul and his family. Without a court injunction keeping Boucher from contacting the senator and his family, Paul is worried this alleged pattern will continue.

The filing also had some harsh words for Boucher's motives, saying he acted in a way that was "unnecessarily cruel" and "malicious" and displayed "a total reckless disregard for [Paul's] rights, life and liberties."

Aside from the fractured ribs, Paul has dealt with pneumonia following the attack, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

The civil complaint alleged that due to Boucher's attack, Paul has suffered "increased likelihood of, and susceptibility to, injury and disease." Moreover, the suit says, Paul "has been deprived of his enjoyment of life."

But Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, does not believe Paul has a civil case.

"To the best of my knowledge, Sen. Paul has not suffered any loss of any income and doesn't appear that he will in the future," Baker told the Bowling Green Daily News. "It was established at the sentencing hearing that he does not have any out-of-pocket medical expenses in this case, and at some point after the incident he told Fox News in an on-camera interview that he has not taken any prescription pain medication, and so all that is to say we're going to defend this civil suit just like we would any other and see if we can get it resolved as efficiently as possible."

According to the suit, Paul is seeking a trial by jury.

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  1. I can assault a Senator for only 10,000 dollars?

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      1. Congrats! You can assault 25-60 senators!

    3. You can assault a Senator, get 30 days in jail and get a $10,000 fine.

      Most people don’t do their entire sentence and they cannot make you pay your fine if you have no money.

    4. Not only that, but I suspect there’s some folks here who would be willing to chip in to a GoFundMe page to raise the $10,000 for you plus any other legal expenses, depending on which Senator you want to assault.

      1. Depending on which Republican Senator you assault. Go after Team Blue and the legacy media and social media will brand you a Nazi.

    5. How about a Representative? I know one that deserves it. #MadMaxine

      1. $5 and the judge gives you the stink-eye.

        1. It’s far graver. If you kill a representative then you become that representative.

          1. “You keep what you kill”

      2. Maxi-Pad deserve so much more than that.

  2. “According to the suit, Paul is seeking a trial by jury.”

    just keep the jury free of journalists and HOA board members and you’ll be good

    1. Also, make sure that Julian Sanchez isn’t in the jury.

      1. Did he defend Paul’s attacker?

        1. No. He just hates Rand Paul to the extent of defending the FBI and calling Rand a Trump lackey. There are a lot of people who are not well right now

          1. Also, don’t turn to Julian Sanchez for a reasonable conception of libertarianism.

    2. The problem here is that the plaintiff doesn’t get to make the choice. The defendant can opt for a bench trial if he so pleases.

      1. True. The right to trial by jury is a right of the defendant, not the plaintiff.

        Mind, it’s a right to trial by jury, not to pick which sort of trial you get. The judge certainly can insist on a trial by jury even if the defendant doesn’t demand one. It’s just extremely unlikely.

  3. This is why we used to have dueling. How far our civilization has fallen.

    1. We all know you would just hide behind your gamecock.

  4. Though Boucher admitted committing the assault, he has claimed he only attacked Paul because the Kentucky senator was stacking yard debris near the boundary between their properties.

    Seems like a legit reason to attack someone.

    1. That happened with my neighbor. I politely asked him to move his crap, he did, and later we drank some of his homemade saison. It was delicious. Civil society, how does it work?

      1. And when he politely asked you to get rid of that hobo staying under your porch, how did Crusty take it?

        1. He said “That’s alright, the Work is nearly complete anyway.”

          Shortly thereafter, we had to move.

      2. we drank some of his homemade saison

        I want you people out of my country.

        1. If drinking bespoke frosty ones in a yard on a warm afternoon is wrong, i don’t wanna be right.

    2. You’ll see this in left wing commentary on the Trayvon Martin case, too; They seem to think Martin was legally justified in attacking Zimmerman, just on the basis of being followed. (Assuming for the sake of argument that he was…) Left-wingers seem to have a really weird idea of when violence is legally justified.

  5. Without a court injunction keeping Boucher from contacting the senator and his family, Paul is worried this alleged pattern will continue.

    What self-respecting libertarian doesn’t have an arsenal of guns pointed at a neighbor like Boucher?

    1. Someone tried to harm or kill Rand twice. And both times he wasn’t armed. He’s got to lose some libertarian street cred over that.

      Nonetheless, thanks be to Mises that he’s ok

      1. BS. He went full NAP.

    2. We can’t have people just mowing down their neighbors every time they feel threatened.

      1. You never heard of Chicago?

      2. I’m pretty sure a cracked rib cage from a confirmed assault exceeds “feeling threatened”.

        1. Boucher is lucky that Rand Paul didn’t die from complications from the serious injury.

          The federal government still has the death penalty and is not afraid to use it to keep people from attacking members of Congress. Especially for political reasons.

          1. “But Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, does not believe Paul has a civil case.”

            I’d expect such drivel from an attorney defending the indefensible. If the government has ruled you’ve harmed someone, you’ve got a great case in suing them. Consider OJ, who the government ruled didn’t harm his ex-wife, yet was ordered to pay her family $33 million in the civil trial. I hope Paul bankrupts the guy. It will be a good deterrent to someone else doing it to anyone else. Heck, if Paul was killed, I’d be harmed by losing a great libertarian in Congress.

      3. You can in my state.

    3. If I were Paul, I would certainly carry while working in my yard from now on. Maybe hire a couple of armed bodyguards too.

  6. But Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, does not believe Paul has a civil case.

    “To the best of my knowledge, Sen. Paul has not suffered any loss of any income and doesn’t appear that he will in the future,” Baker told the Bowling Green Daily News. “It was established at the sentencing hearing that he does not have any out-of-pocket medical expenses in this case, and at some point after the incident he told Fox News in an on-camera interview that he has not taken any prescription pain medication, and so all that is to say we’re going to defend this civil suit just like we would any other and see if we can get it resolved as efficiently as possible.”

    Boucher is fucked since his attorney thinks that Rand Paul cannot win a civil case nor collect hundreds of thousands of dollars based on really serious intentional injury. Boucher is going to get bankrupted on this one unless he settles.

    Paul does not even need a unanimous verdict to win the civil case.

    Kentucky law.
    29A.280 Number of jurors in Circuit and District Courts
    […]
    (3) A unanimous verdict is required in all criminal trials by jury. The agreement of at least three-fourths (3/4) of the jurors is required for a verdict in all civil trials by jury in Circuit Court. The agreement of at least five-sixths (5/6) of the jurors is required for a verdict in all civil trials by jury in District Court

    1. Paul wants a jury trial. He is not going to settle.

      1. When you file a civil complaint, you always ask for a jury trial.

        You also for damages according to state law which might or might not require stating actual total damages sought.

  7. “Though Boucher admitted committing the assault, he has claimed he only attacked Paul because the Kentucky senator was stacking yard debris near the boundary between their properties.”

    And TRUMP!!!, so he was perfectly justified!

    1. Trump would have been physically attacked by now if it weren’t for secret service protection. Trump was rushed on stage numerous times at campaign rallies and protected well by secret service.

      1. He was being threatened backstage?

  8. Rand Paul, another right-wing snowflake.

    /sarc

    1. This isn’t a Robby article. It’s just some weirdo who replaced Kray.

      1. Nobody can replace Eddie Kray.

        1. His twitter is really depressing. Him getting fired the same time his Dad died has really taken a toll on the boy.

          I wish I had information as to what the hell happened that him, Heaton, and Siskind all got axed at the same time.

          1. I saw that. It was rather sad. I don’t know how some other publication hasn’t hired him already.

          2. That’s fucked up. I’d thought the parting was mutual. From an individualist/ancap perspective, Kray was one of the better writers here – like a shaggy, East Coast 2chili.

            1. And I don’t know the story either. Perhaps it was mutual. I just know I’ve seen Ed literally beg for work on Twitter at one point. And so I don’t get the overall feeling of a mutual parting.

              And of course, he was not the only one suddenly let go by that.

              1. I believe there was a request for a sandwich.

          3. A single welfare authority actually makes it easier for those in most need to access services and support but whatever
            Ed Krayewski Twitter Jun 23, 2018.

            I forgot about him until you mentioned him. Here’s a comment from him on Twitter.

            1. If you live in one of the most progressive cities in the US but let a mayor who refused to change his policy preferences in the face of police violence and deportations maybe you’re part of the problem not some imaginary fascist buddy in your head?

              Here’s another shitting on NYC in response to some NYC jackoff getting riled up about red necks.

              1. I tried to skim his tweets and could not get a good read on his path. He was kind of all over the place but I suppose that is because people who comment are all over the place. Price of mini-famousness, I guess.

              2. I would never want to live in NYC but if I had to for some reason, I would wear anti-lefty protective gear at all times.

                I would also be one of the few residents of NYC to sue the city for violating the 2nd Amendment prohibiting people from carrying Arms (including knives).

  9. How dare he!?

    Rand Paul has despicable views and is Republican ergo he deserves to be beat up and kicked out of a restaurant.

    /Avg. NYT/WaPo commenter.

  10. Paul “has been deprived of his enjoyment of life.”

    Well, yeah. But that was the democrats, not the neighbor.
    And Trump.

  11. The Case Of The Eggshell “Libertarian”

    1. The Case of the Tentacle Porn Freak normalizing political violence.

      1. Leave tentacle porn out of this.

    2. Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|6.26.18 @ 3:06PM|#
      “The Case Of The Eggshell “Libertarian””

      The case of the lefty asshole justifying violence.
      Broken eggs and omelets, right you slimy piece of shit?

    3. You should be beaten mercilessly.

  12. Seems petty, but then it is Rand Paul.

    1. Petty? What would you do if it happened to you? It seems like exactly what he should do. What, pray tell, are your conceptions of non-petty alternatives?

    2. Petty? The guy put him in the hospital, and he was lucky he didn’t end up six feet under. And then gets a slap on the wrist.

      The only way I’d not sue him myself if it were me, is if I were planning on him having a tragic accident after enough time to avoid suspicion.

    3. WTF?

  13. If he was a real libertarian, he would’ve used bitcoin on the dark web to have him assassinated.

  14. I hope he bankrupts the arrogant Frenchie! $10k and 30 days for nearly killing a sitting Senator is a disgrace! You’d get fifty times that for doing the same to Rand’s family dog!

  15. I wonder if Rand Paul would have bothered suing if his assailant had gotten a reasonable prison term, eg the 21 months suggested by the prosecution in the plea bargain?

  16. It would be tempting to require the sociopathic neighbor to move, except he could sell his property to a “wet” homeless shelter or an “open” residence for juvenile delinquents. Perhaps the sale could be assigned to an ethical third party.

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