The American Freedom Law Center gets a win, and now will go into the Bonus Round to seek lawyer’s fees and sanctions against Clock Boy’s dad (who filed the suit) and his lawyers.
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 took the matter under advisement but informed the parties that she would rule by the end of the day. Today, the Court published Judge Moore’s ruling dismissing the lawsuit against Hanson and CSP with prejudice.
It was always a setup, and an obvious one. The kid brought a dubious looking electronic device to school, claiming it was a clock he made. This was a test to see how the school, media and the courts would react.
I mean, somebody would have to be a real dunce to fall for that. Right?
Bringing lawsuits to quiet criticism = Shutuppery.