Federal Judge to Hear Arguments in Insane Clown Posse, Juggalos Lawsuit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 19, 2014 CONTACT: Michael J. Steinberg, ACLU of Michigan, at 313.578.6816 or Jason Webber, Psychopathic Records, at 248.426.0800 ext. 110 DETROIT
A federal judge will hear arguments on Monday, June 23 at 2 p.m. in the American Civil
Liberties Union of Michigan and Insane Clown Posse’s lawsuit challenging the FBI’s erroneous and arbitrary designation of all Juggalos, or fans of ICP, as a “hybrid” criminal gang. The case is before Judge
Robert H. Cleland. The lawsuit was filed in January in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. on behalf of four Juggalos and the two members of ICP. In 2011, Juggalos were officially i
dentified as a “hybrid gang” by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), when the fan group was included in the DOJ’s third National
Gang Threat Assessment.
As a result of this unjust designation, “individual Juggalos are suffering improper investigations, detentions and other denials of their personal rights at the hands of government officials” or denied employment. The lawsuit asks a judge to order the DOJ to remove the Juggalos from the government’s
list of gangs so that the fans of ICP will no longer be unconstitutionally and unjustifiably singled out as targets for scrutiny and harassment by law enforcement authorities throughout the country. The lawsuit
goes on to assert that the DOJ’s classification of the Juggalos as a gang is unconstitutionally vagu
violates the Juggalos’ constitutional rights to association and speech.
Juggalos are the self-identified fans of ICP. They often express their affinity for ICP by displaying the
“hatchetman” logo and other ICP insignia on their clothing, jewelry, bo
dy art and bumper stickers. Juggalos often come together at concerts or their annual week-long summer gathering. They consider
themselves a “family” of people who love and help one another and enjoy one another’s company.
Juggalos are not an organized fan club, but a group of people who bond over the music and a philosophy
of life, much like “Deadheads” bonded around the Grateful Dead. The federal government estimates that
there are more than a million Juggalos in the United States. The Juggalos are represented by ACLU of Michigan attorneys including Michael J. Steinberg, Dan Korobkin, Kary Moss and ACLU cooperating attorneys Saura J. Sahu, Emily Palacios and James Boufides of the law firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. The members of the Insane Clown Posse are represented by Howard Hertz and Elizabeth Thomson of the firm Hertz Schram and Farris F. Haddad of Farris F. Haddad & Associates, P.C
Hearing on the federal government’s motion to dismiss in the ACLU and ICP lawsuit
arbitrary designation of all Juggalos as a “hybrid” criminal gang.
ACLU of Michigan Cooperating Attorney Saura Sahu and ICP attorney Howard Hertz will argue before federal judge Robert H. Cleland on behalf of the Juggalos and ICP.
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 2 p.m.