Politics

Now Rand Paul’s Attacker Is Suing Him

Comes after Paul filed a civil suit against Rene Boucher, who was convicted of assaulting the senator

The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is filing a counter lawsuit against the senator after Paul filed a civil suit against him. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor who was convicted of assaulting the senator has filed a counter lawsuit against Paul.

Rene Boucher’s countersuit seeks “all compensatory and punitive damages permitted by law,” from Paul, WBKO reported.

The lawsuit comes after Paul filed a civil lawsuit against Boucher and also sought an injunction against his neighbor.

Boucher’s attorney is also seeking to dismiss Paul’s lawsuit. 

The countersuit cites Paul’s wife Kelley and says the Pauls were in violation of the Rivergreen Homeowners Association’s bylaws as they piled up “unsightly” debris and limbs near Boucher’s property.

Court documents during the criminal case claimed Boucher did not like that Paul continually dropped a mound of branches near the line separating their property and at one point poured gasoline on them and set them on fire.

Boucher’s lawsuit said Paul violated a clause in the HOA’s bylaws saying “Each owner shall refrain from any act or use of his Lot which could reasonably cause embarrassment, discomfort, annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood.”

The lawsuit also says two people from the association knew about Paul’s violations and did nothing.

Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison and was forced to pay a $10,000 fine for assaulting Paul in November. The senator suffered six broken ribs when Boucher attacked him and knocked him to the ground.

The sentence also ordered Boucher to not have any intentional contact with the Paul family.

Boucher’s lawyer is trying to get Paul’s injunction in the civil suit against Boucher dismissed.

“Such an order is already in place in federal court, so asking Judge Wilson for the same of similar order doesn’t really seem appropriate,” Boucher’s attorney Matt Baker said.

Paul and his team were not available for comment.

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