Rand Paul awarded more than $580K after neighbor's attack

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Rand Paul (R-Ky.) more than $580,000 in a lawsuit against his next-door neighbor, who broke six of the senator's ribs in 2017 over a long-standing landscaping dispute, the Associated Press reports. The senator suffered several rib fractures and has undergone multiple treatments for pneumonia as a result.

The case went to the jury on the third day of the trial Wednesday. "This far exceeds anything that we were expecting". Paul filed the civil suit against his neighbor, Rene Boucher, in June 2018.

The attack however was not politically motivated.

Paul had dismounted from a riding lawn mower when Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist who lives next door, ran up and tackled him, the newspaper said.

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Boucher, according to CBS News, was apologetic in court, and said the attack was "two minutes of my life I wish I could take back".

Officially, Paul was awarded $7,834.82 for medical costs, $200,000 for pain and suffering and $375,000 in punitive damages.

Mr Boucher said he hauled away previous rubbish piles accumulated by Mr Paul without asking the senator. It was about all of us and what we find acceptable as a society.

Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, announced that he would appeal the award, claiming that no punitive damages should be given, because Paul had returned to his "customary lifestyle" of golf and skiing after the assault.

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"We've got to get the message out here that violence isn't the way to resolve our differences", Paul said Wednesday following the verdict, WBKO reported.

Mr Boucher has already served a 30-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. It's never OK to turn those disagreements into violent, aggressive behavior.

In his lawsuit, Paul sought up to $500,000 in compensatory damages and up to $1 million in punitive damages. But he could eventually face harsher penalties, as US attorneys have appealed and advocated for a 21-month sentence. "I hope that's the message from today".

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