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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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.