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Ahmed the Clock Boy ordered to pay $82,000 in legal fees after suing people for defamation

By Mason White 12:06 PM January 19, 2017
Ahmed Mohamed with the clock
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) Ahmed Mohamed, who became known as the “Clock Boy,” was ordered by a judge to cough up a large amount of money.

The 15-year-old boy and his family of Texas, said that they have gone through a lot of suffering after he was arrested for bringing a clock to school, which resembled a bomb.

Police were called to the school after staff became concerned with the device.

After he was released, Ahmed and his family moved to Qatar. However, after nine months, they moved back to Dallas.

Ahmed and his father, Mohamed Mohamed, filed a lawsuit against a wide range of people who they said defamed his character on television.

The family claimed in the lawsuit that comments made by the mayor and media personalities led the public to think that they were terrorists.

They were seeking up to $100,000 in damages, along with non monetary relief.

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne is still a defendant, but her attorney argues that Van Duyne has immunity as a government employee.

District Judge Maricela Moore dismissed the lawsuit against the defendants including Glenn Beck, his network The Blaze, Center for Security Policy, and its executive vice president Jim Hanson on grounds of free speech.

Another judge dismissed the lawsuit against a television station and political commentator Ben Ferguson on the same grounds.

Free speech is protected by the First Amendment principles pursuant to the Texas Citizen Participation Act.

The judge ordered Ahmed and his father to pay more than $82,000 in legal fees to the defendants.