Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

James Harden

First NameJames
Last NameHarden
Year of Conviction1995
Year of Exoneration2011
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionIllinois
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaBench Trial
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • DNA excluded
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • DNA
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Valid (Excluded)
Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessCD
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Sentencing — Noncapital
Citations to judicial opinions

People v. Harden et al., 738 N.E.2d 231 (Ill. App. Ct. 1998)
People v. Harden, 707 N.E.2d 1242 (Ill. 1999)
People v. Harden, 749 N.E.2d 980 (Ill ,2001)
People v. Harden, 853 N.E. 2d 430 (Ill. App. Ct. 2003)
Harden v. Illinois 535 U.S. 1025 (2002).

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