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US wants Insane Clown Posse lawsuit dismissed.

Byline: ED WHITE

DETROIT -- Lawyers for the federal government and fans of rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse clashed in court Monday over whether the FBI can be sued for the negative fallout of describing them as a loosely organized gang.

Some fans, called Juggalos, claim to have lost custody of children, lost jobs and been denied housing simply because they enjoy the music of the duo from the Detroit area. Another fan was told he couldn't apply to the Army without removing or covering Insane Clown Posse tattoos, usually a man running with a hatchet.

The FBI report labeled the Juggalos as a ''loosely organized hybrid gang.'' It said those who identify as Juggalos have committed assaults and vandalism, and a ''small number'' of them have engaged in more serious crimes.

There is no reference to Juggalos in the 2013 report.

Justice Department attorney Amy Powell said the group and its fans have no standing to sue. She said the government is not responsible for how police agencies use information in the 2011 national gang report.

Insane Clown Posse members Joseph Bruce, or Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope, are plaintiffs but didn't appear in court Monday. They are known for wearing face paint when they perform.
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Author:White, Ed
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 24, 2014
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