New evidence leads to review of rape case

PORT HURON (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to review the conviction of a St. Clair County man who was accused of sexual assault despite a lack of physical evidence.

The court is specifically interested in evidence that emerged after James Grissom was convicted in 2003. California police reports indicate that the woman had fabricated other assaults that were described as similar to the Michigan incident.

Grissom has been in prison since 2003. He's serving a sentence of 15 years to 35 years for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Michigan Appeals Court declined to overturn his conviction, although a dissenting judge on that three-judge panel said Grissom probably would be acquitted if granted a second trial. The state Supreme Court recently agreed to take a look at the case.

Published: Mon, Jan 31, 2011