Gibson http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Gibson guitar settles criminal case over exotic wood imports http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gibson-guitar-settles-criminal-case-over-exotic-wood-imports "After years maintaining innocence," <a href="http://wpln.org/?p=40133" target="_blank">as Nashville Public Radio says</a>, Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods.<p>NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast Desk that "it's a crime to bring endangered plants and wood into the U.S. if the materials are protected under the laws of other countries. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:40:47 +0000 Mark Memmott 4262 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gibson guitar settles criminal case over exotic wood imports