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Durham's Hardin Sworn In As Superior Court Judge

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Durham's former district attorney who spent 11 years in front of judges arguing cases is now officially behind the bench.

Jim Hardin, who has several convictions under his belt, was sworn in Wednesday as a special Superior Court judge. Many believe he has all the qualities needed to be a special superior court judge.

"I think Jim is very smart, very intelligent -- compassionate -- more than people give him credit for," Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson said.

Hardin is most notable for his trial and conviction of novelist Mike Peterson in 2003.

Hardin said he is humbled by the opportunity and excited by the challenge of being a special Superior Court judge.

Hardin's new job will require him to travel all over North Carolina.

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