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Insane Clown Posse sues FBI over gang label

1/8/2014 11:45:33 AM PT   comments [16]

Insane Clown Possee

Since 2011, the Insane Clown Posse has apparently been considered a gang by the U.S. government, and according to Billboard, they're not going to take it anymore. The duo, in addition to several JUggalos, have file a lawsuit claiming that their rights have been violated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. Here's the word from Billboard:

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of ICP members Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joey Utsler) and four Juggalos claiming that their constitutional rights of free expression and association and due process have been violated due to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations issued the gang designation in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. The lawsuit charges that the designation is wrong and without merit and should be removed.

"When the (gang) label first come out, I laughed at it. I had no idea how much it would effect us," Violent J says. "Now it's like a growing disease. It's affecting everything ICP does. We're going to fight this to the death, 'cause it's not true. It's stupid. It's ridiculous."

ICP is apparently blaming their growing financial woes -- for starters, the group's annual Gathering of the Juggalos summer festival lost more than $700,000 last year -- on the designation.

The ACLU of Michigan is representing the Juggalos while the law firm Hertz Schram P.C. is representing Insane Clown Posse in the case.

You can read Billboard's full report here.


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anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 11:51:09 AM
How do you throw a gathering and LOSE $700k lol
anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 11:55:02 AM
growning financial woes.
anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 12:12:35 PM
http://www.nij.gov/topics/ crime/gangs/Pages/definiti ons.aspx yep they're a gang good luck embarrassing yourselves in court dumbasses
anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 12:55:42 PM
Question: Will their lawyers wear facepaint in court?
anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 2:40:50 PM
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anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 4:25:34 PM
Straight Edge was almost designated a "domestic terrorist organization" in the late -1990s. The concept alone doesn't make sense as being straight edge was misunderstood--you don't join, duh. Fortunately, one of high level dudes on the inter-agency council knew what the deal was with being nailed to the X, and thought it to be ludicrous.
BULLHEAD   posted 1/8/2014 5:27:49 PM
that one clown is so fat
anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 5:46:17 PM
You guys don't know what real hardcore is
anonymous   posted 1/8/2014 9:30:44 PM
If Howard D pssyfiend was in office this would have never happened
ash_ketchum   posted 1/9/2014 10:18:34 PM
anonymous posted 1 day ago
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Seriously webby, what the fck does ICP have to do with anything?
anonymous   posted 1/10/2014 6:21:05 AM
Rick Snyder is PISSED
anonymous   posted 1/10/2014 7:05:29 AM
Insane Clown Lawyers.
"I object...Wicked Clown Style!"
"I motion that the trial be dismissed...woop woop!"
DaveTech   posted 1/12/2014 3:05:19 AM
"anonymous posted 3 days ago
How do you throw a gathering and LOSE $700k lol" - HAHAHAHA
anonymous   posted 1/12/2014 3:55:49 AM
those god damn spinnakers with their one big toe are always causing trouble
ganurr   posted 1/13/2014 10:37:21 AM
can't stand their music but their stranglemania video is some classic gold.
RickRock   posted 1/13/2014 11:43:30 AM
Stranglemania is fcking hilarious.