Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a civil lawsuit against his neighbor, Rene Boucher, who had brutally attacked him last November, fracturing five ribs and hospitalizing the Senator, leaving him unable to attend to his duties for two weeks.
Paul is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for medical expenses, as well as the increased to his health and deprivation of “enjoyment of life” as a result of the injuries he endured.
The lawsuit describes Boucher’s acts as “unnecessarily cruel, malicious, willful, wanton”, with reckless disregard for Paul’s “right, life and liberties”.
Boucher viciously assaulted Paul on November 3, ambushing him while he was mowing his lawn and tackling him to the ground before beating him down.
Boucher, a self-proclaimed socialist and supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), was sentenced to just 30 days in prison by Clinton-appointed U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani, a decision which was panned by Paul ally Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Paul’s spokesperson, Kelsey Cooper.
Assaulting a United States Senator is a federal crime which can result in a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, though prosecutors had sought a lower 21 month sentence in this instance.
This attack was in fact the second on Paul by the radical left in 2017. It followed an attempted mass shooting of conservative members of Congress, including Paul, in June by another Sanders acolyte, James Hodgkinson, where House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot and hospitalized.
Though the federal courts went easy on Boucher, the more conservative state court system in Kentucky is likely to be far less sympathetic to his savagery. A tough civil penalty would send a strong message to other left-wing extremists around the country to curtail their violence or face serious consequences.