Clarence Thomas' Nephew: Hospital Tased Me

Derek Thomas says staff got physical when he refused gown
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2010 8:36 AM CDT
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits with other Supreme Court judges for a new group photograph, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at the Supreme Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – The nephew of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas says a Louisiana hospital beat and tased him for refusing to put on a hospital gown, reports local station WGNO. Derek Thomas says officials at West Jefferson Medical Center punched him in the lip, pulled his hair out, and ultimately tased him—causing a massive epileptic seizure. Justice Thomas is reportedly en route to Louisiana; the younger Thomas is contemplating legal action.

"I would like to sue the hospital because it was uncalled for," says Derek Thomas, 24. "Where in America can you go and, from you not putting on a robe, should the consequence be tased, punched in the face?"

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