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iamnothere 2011/09/30 01:33:31
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Feds to Gibson: Hand over more wood
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 1:40pm CDT

Annie Johnson Staff Reporter - Nashville Business Journal

Federal authorities are pressuring Nashville-based Gibson Guitar to hand over an additional 25 bundles of Indian wood that the company allegedly planned to use in its famous guitars.

The complaint was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and mirrors a 2010 action that sought official forfeiture of wood obtained in a 2009 raid of Gibson facilities. The latter of those cases has been stayed, pending the outcome of the most recent suit.

As has been the case in previous allegations, at issue is the classification of certain wood imported to the United States from India. Namely, a June shipment of 1,250 sawn logs was classified as "finished parts of musical instruments," which is allowed under Indian law. In reality, according to the sworn affidavit of Fish and Wildlife Service agent Kevin Seiler, the wood was unfinished – a violation of the Lacey Act.

The Lacey Act, originally passed by Congress in 1900, was amended in 2008 as part of that year’s Farm Bill to include protection for certain wood and endangered animal species. At its core, the Lacey Act makes it illegal to import plants or wildlife into the U.S. if those goods are harvested in a way that violates the laws of another country.

In other words, because Indian workers didn’t create the final product, it’s not legally eligible to be exported.

The affidavit also outlines allegations that Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz understands the violations, as evidenced by the staunch defense of his company in a press conference and subsequent political fights around the Lacey Act.

“It is clear that Gibson understands the purpose of the Lacey Act, and understands that … fingerboard blanks are not finished fingerboards and thus Gibson is aware that its order for fingerboard blanks was an order for contraband ebony wood or ebony wood which is illegal to possess," Seiler wrote.
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  • Dee 2011/09/30 01:41:26 (edited)
    Dee
    +4
    Unbelievable. The government has shown it's hand on this one. If you're a union shop, no one questions where your wood comes from (actually the same place that Gibson's wood came from). Selective persecution. So obvious it pokes you right in the eye.

    edit: spelling

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  • Dewymoon 2011/10/09 19:56:10
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    +1
    THUGGERY plain and simple THUGGERY Obama
  • S. Gompers 2011/10/01 17:59:39
    S. Gompers
    +2
    I see more jobs leaving Amerika...
  • iamnothere S. Gompers 2011/10/02 14:24:09
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    If I had someone beating me on the head everytime i wanted to hire someone.. would not take me long to figure out that I dont like that.. and would stop hiring.. Imagine that. Just what small businesses are doing..
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2011/09/30 23:20:52
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    Hypocrites, crooks and thugs, oh my.
  • wtw 2011/09/30 02:33:13
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    Of course it is a political venddetta. Obama is a community organizer whichin CHicago means mafioso rough guy!
  • sglmom 2011/09/30 02:03:54
    sglmom
    +3
    Stinks to high heaven, doesn't it!
    (We need to press the NEXT Administration to make sure that they PROSECUTE all these Current Criminals in Politics to the Fullest under RICO .. and to also go after their ill-gained wealth as well.)
  • iamnothere sglmom 2011/09/30 02:14:54
    iamnothere
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    think we might wish to prosecute those in GOVERNMENT who have been doing this to our country
  • Dee 2011/09/30 01:41:26 (edited)
    Dee
    +4
    Unbelievable. The government has shown it's hand on this one. If you're a union shop, no one questions where your wood comes from (actually the same place that Gibson's wood came from). Selective persecution. So obvious it pokes you right in the eye.

    edit: spelling

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