Ben Shapiro and his lawyer Kurt Schlichter are congratulating themselves for beating a lawsuit from “clockboy,” the kid who sued everybody because he brought what looked like a clock bomb to school in Texas.
So much for the Clock Boy case - we just destroyed them again on appeal! Well done, @KurtSchlichter!— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 11, 2018
They had won previously, so apparently Clockboy appealed the ruling – here’s the info on their last victory, in February 2017:
“This is an excellent day for free speech,” Shapiro said. “Using law as warfare is perhaps the most disgusting tactic of politically correct activists across the country, and we couldn’t be more excited to stand up against such frivolous use of our court system. My initial comments suggested that false charges of Islamophobia only muddy the waters when it comes to policing actual dangerous activity, and I’m proud to fight back against such charges.”
I’ll post more about the recent ruling when it’s available. Now everybody go congratulate Shapiro and Schlichter!!
Yeah, we just destroyed Clockboy's defamation suit against Ben Shapiro. The Texas Court of Appeals drove a stake through its heart. Another huge win. Thanks for relying on my firm and the Gober Group in Texas, @benshapiro ! https://t.co/mzgm0ukaBu— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 11, 2018
UPDATE 2 (From TRS):
Here’s more on this case, which was won by the American Freedom Law Center. Also note that Shaprio wasn’t the only defendant:
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 Ben Shapiro, the local Fox affiliate, Glenn Beck, and Beck’s production company. All claims against all defendants were ultimately dismissed. AFLC (and Mr. Rowe) also represented CSP and Hanson on the appeal. The appeals court not only affirmed the dismissal but affirmed the award of nearly $200,000 for attorney’s fees and costs, including AFLC’s $67,238.50 in legal fees at the trial level and $130,000 in conditional legal fees for the appellate work.
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 and the attendant media frenzy created in large part by his father Mohamed, and how this was all part of civilization jihad driven by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”), the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group in the United States that promotes civilization jihad through lawsuits.
The Texas appeals court specifically ruled that Mohamed had not made out a case for defamation because CSP and Hanson had based their statements in large part on the involvement of CAIR, which the court noted, quoting first Shapiro and then Hanson, was “an organization . . . the federal government had linked to Islamic terrorist supporters as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism case.” The court also noted that “CAIR is known to be an Islamist organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.”