Remember Clock Boy? He just lost the appeal on his defamation suit against Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, the Center for Security Policy, and the center’s executive vice president, Jim Hanson.
In 2015, Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a “homemade clock” to school because some believed the clock looked like a bomb. Because of Mohamed’s ethnicity, accusations of Islamophobia on behalf of the school began to swirl.
The story quickly went viral, and Mohamed received support from many, including former President Barack Obama.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) September 16, 2015
While many saw this as an incident of Islamophobia, others supported the school’s “see something, say something” mentality.
After the Department of Justice began to investigate the arrest, some feared it would prevent people from pointing out suspicious activities for fear of prosecution in the future:
Neighbors didn't report SB terrorists for fear of PC. Day after the shootings, Lynch promises to investigate the PD over Clock Boy.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 4, 2015
Mohamed’s father saw these warnings as an attack on his son and filed a defamation suit against Shapiro, Hanson, The Blaze CEO Glenn Beck, and others.
I committed the egregious sin of not believing the "Clock Boy" Islamophobia BS narrative, so now they're suing https://t.co/Hxkgfxl0hQ
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 26, 2016
Judges threw out the first defamation suit in January 2017, awarding Shapiro’s motion to dismiss the case:
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) January 13, 2017
Clock Boy case falls apart like a pencil box filled with clock parts pic.twitter.com/eopaw6GXBQ
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 2, 2017
Mohamed’s father appealed the case, continuing to seek the defamation case and attorney’s fees. Shapiro’s attorney, Kurt Schlichter, announced Wednesday that judges upheld the decision:
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 12, 2018
That mushroom cloud over Texas is Clockboy's case against @benshapiro going bye-bye.
We won the appeal. So did the principle of free speech. They lost. pic.twitter.com/yjXXtzUf5M
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 11, 2018
In the opinion, the judge stated that there was no proof of malice from the defendants and denied Mohamed’s request for attorney’s fees.
The defamation suits were not the only legal actions taken by Mohamed’s father. He also attempted to sue the school on the basis that it infringed on his civil liberties. Judges dismissed that case and the appeal.