June 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Federal judge delays decision on Insane Clown Posse lawsuit

Detroit — A federal judge Monday said he would decide in two or three weeks whether to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang.

The U.S. Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the horror rap duo from the Detroit area and four of its fans have no standing to sue. It also says it’s not liable for any problems caused by law enforcement groups that might use information in a 2011 FBI report.

Insane Clown Posse members Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope, did not attend the hour-long hearing Monday. The duo say they’re losing fans because of the report.

The lawsuit says the gang designation violates rights of free speech and due process.

They say their fans, known as Juggalos, are like a family, not a gang.

The report did not suggest all Insane Clown Posse fans are engaged in criminal activity, Justice Department lawyer Amy Powell said Monday.

Instead, Juggalos were described as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.”