TV's most popular mafioso, Tony Soprano, has a new foe: An Italian-American legal group has filed a defamation suit against Time Warner, which produces HBO's The Sopranos
. Based in Chicago, the American Italian Defense Association contends that the mob drama "suggests that criminality is in the blood or in the genes of Italian-Americans and that Italians as early immigrants to this country had little opportunity, other than to turn to crime." Seeking no cash judgment, the group hopes to make a statement by having a court declare that The Sopranos
's content violates the Illinois constitution's guarantee of individual dignity.