Last June, Judge Marianne Battani sentenced Rene Boucher to 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community service for his unprovoked attack on Sen. Rand Paul. Boucher had pleaded guilty to the federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress, which is a felony. Prosecutors had been seeking a sentence of 21 months but the judge gave Boucher a break. Now an appeals court has vacated that sentence saying it was too light:
The appeals court found that Boucher’s sentence was substantively unreasonable and unjustified in light of the extent of Paul’s injuries and other factors…
The appeals court found that Battani’s sentence did not take into account the extent of Paul’s injuries, which were characterized as “more than minor” in Monday’s ruling, written by U.S. Circuit Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch.
I’m not an attorney so I have nothing to lose by saying that the judge who handed out the original sentence sounds like an idiot. Not only did the attack break five of Sen. Paul’s ribs, just last month he had a portion of his lung removed because of lasting damage from the attack. How does that add up to a 30-day slap on the wrist? According to a review by the Appeals Court, it doesn’t: