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About Kenneth Padowitz

Kenneth Padowitz is a Fort Lauderdale, FL., based criminal defense attorney.

Broward Prosecutors Change Way Marijuana Cases To Be Prosecuted In Wake Of Hemp Legalization


“I think that’s good news for everybody in Broward County and in the state of Florida,” said Defense Attorney and former Broward County prosecutor Ken Padowitz.

Padowitz believes the change will put the focus for law enforcement where it belongs — on serious crime.

August 19, 2019

By Carey Codd

CBS 4 […]

Broward Prosecutors Change Way Marijuana Cases To Be Prosecuted In Wake Of Hemp Legalization2019-10-20T21:35:48+00:00

SUN-SENTINEL: TATE’S PROSECUTOR FOLLOWS HIS ROLE MODEL’S PRECEDENT (Article from March 2001)

Padowitz, 40, who grew up in west Broward and is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern’s law school, has taken a lot of good-natured ribbing from his prosecutor colleagues. They welcomed him back from a trip to New York for a series of TV interviews with a giant poster on his […]

SUN-SENTINEL: TATE’S PROSECUTOR FOLLOWS HIS ROLE MODEL’S PRECEDENT (Article from March 2001)2020-02-05T20:28:02+00:00

COURT OK’S VIDEO ANIMATION AS LEGAL TOOL IN MANSLAUGHTER CASE (Article from 1996)


But Broward Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Padowitz, who prosecuted Pierce, maintains that jurors are able to weigh video evidence just as easily as any other type.

With the ruling, he said, computer-animated videos will become increasingly popular in criminal courtrooms.

“It gives us the green light,” he said. “This […]

COURT OK’S VIDEO ANIMATION AS LEGAL TOOL IN MANSLAUGHTER CASE (Article from 1996)2019-10-20T21:35:49+00:00

PARKLAND RESOURCE OFFICER SCOT PETERSON RELEASED FROM JAIL


Former Broward Prosecutor Ken Padowitz said the jury in this case will be told that a caregiver in this case is a person responsible for a child’s welfare.

“I don’t see where the debate is here. I think it’s very clear what the law says,” Padowitz said. “The officer wasn’t at that […]

PARKLAND RESOURCE OFFICER SCOT PETERSON RELEASED FROM JAIL2019-10-20T21:35:49+00:00

WIFE TESTIFIES AGAINST MAN IN CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE (Originally published 1990)


Assistant State Attorney Ken Padowitz sought her cooperation. When she balked, he had her arrested in June. Then she talked and was released.

By LARRY KELLER, Staff Writer

December 6th, 1990 Richard Martin went on trial on Wednesday for the second time on charges that he sexually molested an […]

WIFE TESTIFIES AGAINST MAN IN CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE (Originally published 1990)2019-10-20T21:35:49+00:00

Confessed Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz To Inherit Over $430K, Prompts Public Defender To Withdraw From Case


CBS4 News asked longtime Broward Prosecutor and Criminal Defense Attorney Ken Padowitz for some perspective.

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Confessed Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz is about to come into a sizable amount of money. That’s according to a court document filed Wednesday afternoon by Cruz’s lawyers at the Broward […]

Confessed Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz To Inherit Over $430K, Prompts Public Defender To Withdraw From Case2019-10-20T21:35:49+00:00

BIG CASES OFTEN CREATE COURT `STARS’ (Originally published 2001)


Padowitz was visiting his 92-year-old grandmother when her nurse said she recognized him from the television coverage of the Tate trial.

“At first I was flattered,” Padowitz said. “Then she said, `Yes, I recognize you from your bald spot.’ That’s where the camera was focused every day. Suddenly, I wasn’t so flattered anymore.”

  […]

BIG CASES OFTEN CREATE COURT `STARS’ (Originally published 2001)2019-10-20T21:35:50+00:00

Tate Case Prosecutor Sees Self as Moral Force

(Originally Published March 18, 2001 – Miami Herald)

“Prosecutors don’t just seek convictions,” he says, leaning across his desk in a cramped office strewn with boxes of depositions and bundles of autopsy photographs. “They’re charged with a higher moral duty to ensure that justice is done.”

By CAROLINE J. KEOUGH

Miami Herald

March 18, 2001 […]

Tate Case Prosecutor Sees Self as Moral Force2019-10-20T21:35:50+00:00

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