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      Thumb man likely to go free nearly a decade later


      A Port Huron man who has spent nearly a decade behind bars is on the verge of freedom as a prosecutor moves to drop a rape case against him.


      James Grissom has maintained his innocence since he was arrested in 2003 for an alleged sexual assault in a Meijer lot in St. Clair County. He was convicted despite a lack of physical evidence against him.


      The Michigan Supreme Court recently granted Grissom a second trial. But a judge on Monday is expected to review a request by the St. Clair County prosecutor to drop the case. Mike Wendling concedes there's not a "reasonable likelihood of conviction."


      New information emerged after Grissom's conviction in 2003. California police said the woman had lied about assaults that were similar to the Michigan incident.

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