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Clarence Thomas' Suicidal, Epileptic Nephew Punched, Tasered in Hospital


Clarence Thomas is headed to New Orleans to check in on his nephew. This sounds miserable:


Derek Thomas was admitted to West Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Thursday, after a possible suicide attempt, reports ABC affiliate WGNO.


When the Supreme Court justice's nephew refused to put on a hospital gown and said he wanted to leave the hospital, doctors ordered security to restrain him.


Security guards "punched him in his lip, pulled out more than a fistful of his dreadlocks and tasered him to restrain him," a statement from Thomas' family said.


Shortly afterwards, family members say, Thomas suffered a "massive epileptic seizure."



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