Gibson raid followup

Reason magazine has put together a video followup to the legal controversy that arose last summer when a pair of federal agencies raided the Gibson Guitar company in Nashville. Large stocks of valuable wood were seized by armed agents, along with hard drives and paper records in both Nashville and Memphis facilities.

In this six minute report, written by Anthony L. Fisher and shot by Joshua Swain, Reason interviews both Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, and Andrea Johnson of the the Environmental Investigation Agency who built the case against Gibson for the US Department of Justice.

The report takes a look at the case so far, which has not resulted in either charges against Gibson nor the return of their property, and questions about whether owners of older instruments might be liable for prosecution and/or seizure entering or leaving US jurisdiction.

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  • Jim Robarts

    Although I don’t traditionally agree with the Gibson Company or its CEO, I have to agree that, just because the government is now turning a blind eye to the enforcement of the law in question when it involves individual instrument owners, the government can always reverse its stated position. I am not comfortable with the United States government, essentially, using this law to prosecute the laws of foreign governments.

  • Wayne Morrison

    Before this happened, I had never owned a Gibson instrument. After this event, I paid a fair amount for a hand-made Gibson Jackson Browne guitar. I won’t claim that this case was my sole reason (tone trumped that) but I did take some delight in the process as a result (as if the multi-million corportation Gibson needs my chump change!).

    Our government is now involved in the enforcement of other countries laws. It’s hard enough for us to discern and abide by our own laws, let alone the laws of India meant to ensure proper labor costs, etc. This case does not seem to be about conservation at all.

    As someone with a healthy background of governmental employment, I know better than to trust in governmental wisdom. It’s like tying yourself to a an elephant’s backside and hoping he never sits down. I hope Rand Paul is successful.