Rand Paul’s Neighbor Asks For New Trial Due To ‘Excessive’ Financial Penalties

on November 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) takes the elevator as he arrives at the Capitol for a vote November 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul returned to Capitol Hill after he was attacked by hi... WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) takes the elevator as he arrives at the Capitol for a vote November 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul returned to Capitol Hill after he was attacked by his neighbor Rene Boucher and broke six of his ribs while mowing the lawn at his Kentucky home on November 3. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 21, 2019 1:12 p.m.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The attorney for a man who attacked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in a dispute over lawn maintenance has appealed a jury’s decision to award the lawmaker $580,000 in damages.

The Daily News reports attorney Matt Baker argued in a motion filed last week for a new trial that the financial penalties levied against Rene Boucher at the civil trial were excessive given Paul’s injuries and Boucher’s cooperation with authorities.

Paul had testified during the three-day trial that he feared for his life as he struggled to breathe after Boucher slammed into him in their upscale Bowling Green, Kentucky, neighborhood in late 2017.

An apologetic Boucher acknowledged he wasn’t thinking rationally and called it “two minutes of my life I wish I could take back.”

A hearing has been set March 20 to consider the motion.

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