In an epic ruling, a Texas District Court Judge sent Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed and his 15-year-old son, Ahmed Mohamed, also known as “Clock Boy” packing. The Muslim activist unsuccessfully tried to bring a defamation suit against Fox News, the Mayor of Irving, Texas, and a once popular conservative news personality, Glenn Beck.
According to a report by PJMedia, the newly appointed District Court Judge, Maricela Moore, dismissed the case that Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed had filed on behalf of himself and his son, after approximately three hours into the hearing.
In 2015, Ahmed, then a freshman in high school, was arrested and briefly held by law enforcement for bringing a “homemade clock” to school with him, The clock was assembled in a briefcase and looked like a bomb.
Following the incident in 2015, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed used the publicity of his son’s arrest to push Muslim persecution propaganda in the news.
According to the American Freedom Law Center:
The motion to dismiss was filed by lawyers from the American Freedom Law Center (“AFLC”) and local counsel Pete Rowe on behalf of the Center for Security Policy (“CSP”) and Jim Hanson, two of the defendants in the defamation case, which also named as defendants the local Fox affiliate, Glenn Beck, and Beck’s production company.
Mohamed had sued Hanson and CSP for statements Hanson had made on Beck’s program about the connection between the Clock Boy hoax bomb affair, the attendant media frenzy created in large part by his father Mohamed, civilization jihad, and the [Council] on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”), the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group in the United States that promotes civilization jihad.
During the hearing, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel David Yerushalmi explained to Judge Moore that the purpose of the lawfare-driven lawsuit was to intimidate into silence those who might comment publicly on the connection between jihad, terrorism, sharia, and Islam. As such, Yerushalmi argued, “This case is a classic Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or ‘SLAPP’ case and should be dismissed.”
During the lengthy hearing, Judge Moore pressed Mohamed’s lawyer, Fort Worth attorney Susan Hutchison, to provide any facts that would suggest that Hanson and the other defendants had said anything false or defamatory about Mohamed or his son during the television broadcasts. After spending a painfully embarrassing 15 minutes flipping through reams of paper, Mohamed’s lawyer was unable to provide any such evidence.
The American Freedom Law Center is reportedly now asking the court for sanctions against “Clock Boy’s” father and reimbursement of attorney fees.