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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

(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.

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"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?" (Read more Derek Thomas tased stories.)

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