September 2nd, 2011
06:43 PM ET

With husband in Cuban prison, wife hopes for clemency

By CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty

Judy Gross sits at her dining room table at her apartment in Washington, DC, typing away at her laptop. She’s checking messages from friends and supporters and, she says, after a full day working as a clinical social worker at a suburban hospital, she often ends up spending another three or four hours at the computer every evening.

Her husband of 41 years, Alan Gross, sits in a Cuban prison, convicted of trying to subvert the Cuban government – “Acts against the territorial integrity of the state” -sentenced in May to 15 years in prison. His appeal was rejected by a Cuban court in August.

“One of my biggest fears,” she tells me, “is I'm going to get a call from my attorney one day saying Alan had a heart attack or something happened to him. I don’t know if I'll ever see him again, I don’t know if he'll step foot on US soil.”