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Judge dismisses Glenn Beck, The Blaze from 'clock boy' defamation lawsuit

January 11, 2017 at 11:45 am 6 News
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A Dallas County judge has dismissed political commentator Glenn Back and his TV network, The Blaze, from a defamation lawsuit filed by the family of Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving teen who was detained in 2015 after bringing a homemade clock to school.

Judge Marciela Moore made the ruling Monday, according to court records. Moore also dismissed the Center for Security Policy, a Washington D.C. conservative think tank, and its vice president Jim Hanson from the lawsuit.

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne remains a defendant, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Mohamed was a freshman at Irving MacArthur High School in September 2015 when he was scrutinized for possibly having a fake bomb, not a homemade clock. The incident drew international attention, and Mohamed took on the nickname of “clock boy.”

Right wing websites claimed that the clock incident was planned with the intent of making Ahmed a celebrity, while civil rights activists stood strong behind the teen.

Mohamed’s family filed the lawsuit against Beck and others in September, alleging that The Blaze aired “false and malicious content” about Mohamed during a segment featuring Beck, Hanson and Van Duyne.

Beck, according to the lawsuit, proposed that the incident with Mohamed — who was handcuffed after his teacher thought his homemade clock might have been a bomb — was being used as a “dog whistle” for Islamists to take a stand.

Hanson agreed with Beck, according to the lawsuit, and said, “I don’t think there’s any question that this latest event was a PR stunt.”

“They wanted people to react, and they wanted to portray this kid as an innocent victim,” Hanson said. “I think he was a pawn of potentially his father.”

The lawsuit said Van Duyne “did not object to or correct any of the comments.”

The lawsuit also said that Van Duyne told Fox 4 News (KDFW) that Mohamed was “not forthcoming with information.”

Political commentator Ben Ferguson and Fox 4 were also sued by Mohamed’s family for on-air comments about the incident, but Ferguson and the TV station were dismissed from the lawsuit in December.

Beck and others dismissed in the lawsuit were protected under the state’s Anti-SLAPP statute, which is designed to quash frivolous defamation cases, according to the Morning News.

“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’s attorney Michael J. Grygiel said in a statement to the Morning News.

Hanson issued a statement on the Center for Security Policy’s website Tuesday:

“This ruling reaffirms our most fundamental liberty — the right to free expression — and punishes [Mohamed’s father] and his allies for attempting to suppress ideas they oppose,” Hanson said.

Fort Worth attorney Susan Hutchison, who is representing Mohamed’s family, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Mohamed’s family also has a pending federal discrimination lawsuit against the City of Irving and the Irving school district, alleging his rights were violated during the 2015 lawsuit.

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  1. redraider January 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    We can all see that muslems want to shut down criticism against their murderous and barbaric religion and that is all this lawsuit was about.

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    • marines January 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      The suit is totally bogus. This kid didn’t build a clock, he built what would look to any Ordinance Disposal Unit as a clock bomb. He dragged it all over the school after the first teacher told him to put it in his locker and not show it around the school. He didn’t listen and put it on display until he got a teacher to react the way he wanted. This is what the Koran tells these people to do, if you can’t convert them, you may lie, cheat, defame, entrap, steal, and kill the infidels. The parents and clock kid now live in Qatar. He got a full scholarship to go to school there. Unfortunately, you can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting ten or twelve slip and fall lawyers, and several with $$$ in their eyes jumped. They need to pay for all the court costs of this frivolous suit.

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      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Exactly. Just look at the violence they wrought to Charlie hebdo, and those other European news papers/magazines.. for the crime of daring to print a cartoon of mohammed..

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  2. gdonna612 January 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    They are suing everybody because they are broke. Wonder who’s paying for the attorney?? It was all a publicity stunt and Obama played into it, inviting him to the WH and praising his science – what a pile of doo doo.

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    • wilhelm1 January 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      A smart Judge. She needs to throw out the whole suit. I wonder if Obama was behind the Law Suit? Would not surprise me.

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    ltuser January 11, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    GOOD. Cudos to this judge for not caving into the muslims..

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