Sen. Rand Paul's neighbor and attacker gives testimony in five-hour long deposition

Published: Dec. 3, 2018 at 4:25 PM CST
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Senator Rand Paul is suing his neighbor, Rene Boucher in civil court for damages after Boucher tackled him in November of 2017.

Boucher was ordered to sit for a deposition and give a testimony Monday before his trial date which is set for January 28.

The deposition lasted five hours, as Boucher was sworn in by Special Judge Tyler Gill, and questioned about the November 2017 attack, as well as events leading up to and after it.

"You discussed this situation with at least two members of the Rivergreen Home Owners Association throughout the relevant time frame?" asked Tom Kerrick, attorney representing Sen. Paul. "Yes," answered Boucher.

The retired physician says he has been trying to sell his house for several years, and still claims Senator Paul's yard and a specific brush pile were the reason behind the attack.

"When I saw him once again, he was off of his mower, taking branches from that one pile and putting them on the property line to intentionally aggravate me. I lost it and became irate," said Boucher.

In Monday's deposition, Boucher said he had previously tried to discuss the matter with Sen. Paul prior to the attack, but said Paul would avoid any personal discussion with him.

"It alleged there [testimonial document], the pile of yard trash had reached about ten feet long and five feet high. I assume that was your estimate of the size of the pile," said Kerrick.

"Conservatively," Boucher answered.

Boucher admitted he did not file a written complaint with the Home Owners Association, only discussed it with several neighbors and the HOA president at the time.

In March, Boucher pleaded guilty in federal court to assaulting a U.S. Congressman. In June, he was

to 30 days prison which he served at a Chicago Federal prison between July and August of this year.

"What I did was wrong and I'm sorry I did it," admitted Boucher several times throughout the deposition.

Special Judge Tyler Gill is presiding over the civil case.

Depositions are usually done in a conference room setting, but Senator Paul's lawyer requested it take place in the courtroom.

"Some information was expected, some was not. Now we'll have to go back and really do some checking to see if all that was accurate or not," said Kerrick.

The trial date is set for Jan. 28, 2019. Before then, there are possibilities other depositions could be heard which could include Sen. Paul, potential witnesses, doctors who treated Sen. Paul, or even investigators.