Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) has filed a civil suit against his his neighbor, who admitted to tackling him as he mowed the lawn last November.

Paul suffered broken ribs and other health issues when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him. He is seeking unspecified compensatory damages for “physical pain and mental suffering,” according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

Boucher said his actions were triggered by an ongoing issue with Paul stacking yard debris near a shared property line. The lawsuit calls Boucher’s actions “unnecessarily cruel, malicious, willful, wanton” with total disregard for Paul’s “rights, life and liberties.” The lawsuit also says Paul “has been deprived of his enjoyment of life” and has an increased risk of injury and illness.



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Additionally, Paul’s lawsuit seeks to prevent Boucher from having contact with Paul or his family. The lawsuit said that without an injunction barring him from doing so, Boucher will “continue in the future the pattern of stalking and harassment” of Paul and his family.

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Boucher had pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress, a federal crime, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $10,000. Boucher’s attorney told the Bowling Green Daily News that Paul has not suffered any loss of income from the attack and has not paid any out–of–pocket medical expenses and that they will therefore “defend the civil suit as [they] would any other.”  

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