The story of “Ahmed Mohammad,” a.k.a. “Clock Boy” comes as a reminder that discrimination ain’t what it used to be.
In case your memory needs a refreshing, a year-and-a-half ago, then-14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested at his high school for bringing what was believed to be a hoax bomb to school. The media quickly took Mohamed’s side, reporting that he’d been arrested for merely bringing a homemade clock to school, and that it was only mistaken as a “bomb” because he was Muslim.
Few seemed to ponder the fact that the “clock” actually did look like a bomb.
President Obama ended up commenting on the story, Tweeting out “Cool clock Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” before a picture of the “clock” was even made available to the public.
Then came countless freebies from corporations like Microsoft, among others, and the internship offers from Twitter and Facebook, in addition to countless scholarship offers.As if that wasn’t enough compensation for a completely understandable incident that inconvenienced him, Ahmed’s father filed a $15 million lawsuit on his behalf against Fox News, Glenn Beck, the Mayor of Irving… and more! While the media may have sung the kid’s praise, the court system actually bothered to look at the facts, and the lawsuit was just dismissed. As PJ Media reported: A district court judge in Texas has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Ahmed Mohamed on his own behalf and on behalf of his 15-year-old son, Ahmed Mohamed.
The incident led many to question the Mohamed family’s motives. Newly appointed District Court Judge Maricela Moore dismissed the lawsuit following a nearly three-hour hearing on Monday, 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 Counsel 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.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Moore said that she would rule by the end of the day. On Tuesday, the court published Judge Moore’s ruling dismissing the lawsuit against Hanson and CSP with prejudice.
And that right there is the sum total of all the “prejudice” Ahmed ended up facing. Think this one is over yet? Hmmm.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]