Alan Gross negligence lawsuit appeal rejected by Supreme Court

Alan Gross talks with President Obama on board a government plane headed back to the US on Dec. 17, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson via Wikimedia Commons. 

( The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal filed by Alan Gross, the Jewish American government contractor who was imprisoned in Cuba for 5 years, over a negligence lawsuit Gross filed against the U.S.

Gross, 65, was imprisoned in Cuba from December 2009 after he was sentenced to a 15-year term for bringing communications devices to the country’s Jewish community. At the time of his arrest, Gross was working for a U.S. firm called Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) to promote democracy, but Cuba convicted him of “crimes against the state.”  

Gross, who was released in December 2014 as part of a renewal of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, had sued the U.S. government with his wife for negligence back in 2012, arguing that it sent him to Cuba without the right supervision and training.

Gross’s lawsuit was, however, thrown out by a district court judge, and the decision was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in November 2014 on the grounds that that the U.S. government cannot be sued over acts that took place in another country.

Meanwhile, Gross is expected to receive $3.2 million in compensation from settlement with the U.S. Agency for International Development and DAI, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Posted on April 7, 2015 .