Lost The Appeal

Date: December 18, 2017


The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, affirmed a Detroit judge’s ruling that the
U.S. Justice Department isn’t responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs and
dismissed the suit.

The appeals panel Monday said the rap-metal duo and its fans could possibly pursue constitutional
claims by suing individual officers.

The duo — Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, aka Shaggy 2 Dope —
and three fans “failed to demonstrate that the Juggalo gang designation results in
legal consequences,” the appeals panel wrote in its opinion Monday.

A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of
Juggalos and the group, could not be reached for comment



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