A defamation lawsuit filed by the father of “clock boy” Ahmed Mohamed against several conservatives who scoffed at the claims made by the boy and his family has been dismissed.
In the 2015 incident, Ahmed was initially arrested by police in Irving, Texas, and later released within hours once police determined the suspicious looking item he brought to school was just a clock. Questions were raised about the motivation of the boy in the incident and whether there were expectations of publicity following the stunt.
Ahmed had to serve a three-day suspension at his school.
Afterward, however, the Muslim boy was honored by President Obama at the White House and treated as a dignitary by the City of New York.
In September, Mohamed Mohamed, the boy’s father, sued Fox News, TheBlaze, Glenn Beck, the Center for Security Policy, Jim Hanson, Fox Television Stations, LLC, Ben Ferguson and Ben Shapiro, demanding each defendant correct or retract statements they made.
Shapiro, for example, had called the incident a “hoax” and a “setup.”
“President Obama fell for it because it confirms a couple of his pre-stated biases against police and against people who he perceives to be Islamaphobic,” he said then.
Dallas County District Judge Maricela Moore dismissed the conservatives from the lawsuit Monday. Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne remains a defendant, but she has challenged the suit.
David Yerushalmi, senior counsel at American Freedom Law Center, which represents the Center for Security Policy, had argued that Mohamed’s lawsuit was “a classic Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or ‘SLAPP’ case and should be dismissed.”
CSP said the judge asked the Mohamed family’s lawyer, Fort Worth attorney Susan Hutchison, to show where false or defamatory statements were made.
“After spending a painfully embarrassing 15 minutes flipping through reams of paper, Mohamed’s lawyer was unable to provide any such evidence,” CSP said in a press release.
Beck issued a statement in the wake of the ruling.
“Mr. Beck and TheBlaze are pleased at the court’s faithful application of First Amendment principles pursuant to the Texas Citizen Participation Act, the very purpose of which is to protect freedom of speech by mandating the summary dismissal of unmeritorious defamation claims,” Beck attorney Michael Grygiel said.
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