US wants Insane Clown Posse lawsuit dismissed

FILE --In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler, aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse, address the media in Detroit. The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. A Detroit federal judge holds a hearing Monday, June 23, 2014. The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
FILE --In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler, aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse, address the media in Detroit. The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. A Detroit federal judge holds a hearing Monday, June 23, 2014. The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that blames the government for the negative effect of describing fans of Insane Clown Posse as a loosely organized gang.

The rap-metal duo from the Detroit area says the 2011 FBI report violates the First Amendment. Their fans, called Juggalos, say they’ve lost custody of children, lost jobs and been denied housing simply because they like the music.

Government attorney Amy Powell asked a federal judge in Detroit to throw out the case Monday. She says the FBI is not responsible for how police agencies use information in the national gang report.

But Saura Sahu, an attoney for four fans, says the government went too far.

Judge Robert Cleland says he’ll probably make a decision in July.

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