Saturday, October 3, 2015

Insane Clown Posse fans (aka "Juggaloes") have standing to sue US Department of Justice

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently released a published opinion holding that the plaintiffs, four self-described "Juggalos" and two members of the band Insane Clown Posse, had standing for their claims against the US Department of Justice and the FBI that they suffered violations of their First and Fifth Amendment rights.

Article here (via Speaker law firm blog).

This case arose out of a Congressional report for the National Gang Intelligence Center. Back in 2001, the report determined that Juggaloes are in fact, members of a gang, although loosely organized. In return, some Juggaloes filed suit, claiming that this had a chilling effect on their First Amendment rights to association.

1 comment:

  1. Just so you know: standing means the court can hear your case. For example, I can't bring a case where the result of what's going on doesn't affect me. I have to have some skin in the game, as I like to think of it. Or, what the court decides will actually effect me. More about standing at this Wikipedia article: