Trial set to begin in Paul’s lawsuit against attacker
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A jury was seated Monday in Kentucky in a civil lawsuit that Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul brought against the neighbor who broke his ribs with a hard tackle while Paul was doing yard work.
Twelve jurors and two alternates were chosen for the trial in Bowling Green. Lawyers will make opening statements and start taking testimony Monday afternoon, and Paul’s lawyer, Tom Kerrick, says Paul may testify Monday afternoon.
Special Judge Tyler Gill told prospective jurors the case isn’t about anyone’s political beliefs.
The 2017 attack left the senator with multiple broken ribs. Paul is seeking up to $500,000 in compensatory damages and up to $1 million in punitive damages.
Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced to 30 days behind bars.