Sen. Rand Paul awarded $580K in lawsuit against HOA neighbor

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to several reports, a jury took less than two hours to decide on its award in favor of Senator Rand Paul, in his civil lawsuit against HOA next door neighbor Renee Boucher. Boucher violently attacked Paul, in his own back yard, in November 2017. The next door neighbor’s assault broke six of Paul’s ribs. Those injuries and medical complications caused the Senator to miss several weeks of work Continue ReadingSen. Rand Paul awarded $580K in lawsuit against HOA neighbor

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Condo HOA not helping owners after balconies collapse (KY)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s good to see that local investigative journalists are covering serious condo and HOA issues, including the dangerous collapse of condo balconies. When I first started this website in 2014, TV news reports focused almost exclusively on disputes over flag displays or paint color. While those are common HOA disputes, they only scratch the surface of dysfunction, waste, and abuse in association-governed communities. Some of the worst HOA disputes Continue ReadingCondo HOA not helping owners after balconies collapse (KY)

Boucher gets 30 days in jail for attacking Rand Paul in his HOA neighborhood

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: The New York Times and Fox News report that Rene Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison and one year of probation for the violent assault of his neighbor, Senator Rand Paul. Boucher was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service. Paul’s attorneys had asked for a 21-month prison sentence. Spokespersons for Paul say that there was no long-standing Continue ReadingBoucher gets 30 days in jail for attacking Rand Paul in his HOA neighborhood

Court records: Rand Paul’s neighbor attacked him because of an ‘unsightly’ brush pile

Boucher says he took his complaint to the HOA, prior to ‘losing his temper’ By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Updated June 19, 2018 10:00 P.M.   Rene A. Boucher has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, following his guilty plea for assaulting and injuring a member of Congress. U.S. Prosecutor Bradley Shepard had recommended a prison sentence of 21 months. Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, had argued for probation. In his defense, Attorney Continue ReadingCourt records: Rand Paul’s neighbor attacked him because of an ‘unsightly’ brush pile