Mudcat Café message #3214749 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #139936   Message #3214749
Posted By: Richard Mellish
29-Aug-11 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: Who will stand up: Feds Raid Gibson Guitar Factory
Subject: RE: Who will stand up: Feds Raid Gibson Guitar Factory
Once upon a time the USA prided itself as the land of the free, where people went to escape repressive regimes elsewhere. Are the authorities there really now applying "guilty until proved innocent"?

And what about the case of Pascal Vieillard as reported? Is that account true? If the instruments concerned were known to be old, and the man's only offence was incomplete paperwork, might an American court really have sentenced him to jail if he hadn't plea-bargained?

If these stories are true, those of us who live outside the US will have good reason never to go there any more.

Richard