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    Lawyer for American man detained in Cuba says family hopeful appeal will allow release

    Lawyer for American man detained in Cuba says family hopeful appeal will
    allow release
    By Associated Press, Published: July 20

    WASHINGTON — A lawyer for a Maryland man imprisoned in Cuba for
    illegally importing communications equipment to the country says an
    upcoming hearing will be a chance to reiterate that his client's actions
    were never a threat to the government.

    Peter Kahn, a Washington-based lawyer for , made the comments
    Wednesday in a statement released about Friday's appeal hearing.

    was sentenced in March to 15 years in . This week's appeal
    before Cuba's Supreme Court is Gross' final legal recourse. Kahn said
    Gross' wife, who now lives in Washington, is recuperating from surgery
    and will not attend the hearing.

    Kahn also repeated a request to Cuban authorities to release Gross on
    humanitarian grounds. He said Gross' family remains hopeful the Supreme
    Court's decision will allow Gross to be released.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/lawyer-for-american-man-detained-in-cuba-says-family-hopeful-appeal-will-allow-release/2011/07/20/gIQAAxarPI_story.html