Judge Jay KarahanCriminal Justice Contributor

Judge Jay Karahan is currently the judge for Harris county Criminal Court-at-Law Number 8. He was born and raised in Tampa Florida.  He was very active in high school music activities and student government, and worked daily in his father’s un-airconditioned warehouse to earn money for college.  He attended Florida State University and graduated with an honors degree in Music Theory and a certificate in vocal performance. During college he worked at two jobs to support himself, including one working in the kitchen of a sorority house where two young woman were slain by the infamous Ted Bundy.  This tragic incident was a turning point for Judge Karahan, and he determined to become a lawyer in order to prosecute the perpetrators of similar crimes.  He became familiar with the law first as an intern for a year at the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney’s Office in Tampa, and then matriculated into South Texas College of Law in Houston in 1979.  Judge Karahan attended law classes at night and interned during the day at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in the intake and grand jury divisions.  He graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983. you can learn more at http://judgejaykarahan.com.

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