Norman Elliott Kent. is a South Florida criminal defense attorney, publisher and radio talk show host.
|Born||Norman Elliot Kent |
October 18, 1949
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hofstra University|
|Occupation||Publisher, attorney, radio show host, writer|
The founder and publisher of The Express, in 1999, and South Florida Gay News in 2009. Kent was previously the morning drive talk show host for WFTL-1400 AM from 1989-1997. As an attorney, Kent has brought suit against local governments in Florida on behalf of civil rights such as Freedom of Speech many times. A frequent guest lecturer at colleges and in community forums, Kent has published numerous articles advocating civil rights protections for the LGBT community and for Decriminalization of cannabis in the United States. He has authored 'The Pot Warriors Manifesto.'
After surviving a bout with lymphoma, he had another stint at the new WFTL-850 AM from 2002-2005 as a daily talk show host, though in the interim periods he hosted 'Weekend Legal' on various local radio stations, including WWNN-1170 AM. He currently publishes South Florida Gay News, the Broward Law Blog, and contributes columns to the Counterpunch political newsletter. and The Bilerico Project.
He is a life member of the National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and has appeared on Dateline, Court TV, Fox News and Friends, as well as CNN Live, as a political and legal commentator. In 2014, as the Chair of the Board of Directors of NORML, he has been a frequent guest on HLN's Nancy Grace Show, advocating for the legalization of cannabis. As a constitutional rights attorney, he has represented juveniles in a class action against detention centers, and sued to enjoin the State of Florida from illegally spraying paraquat on marijuana fields.
A graduate of both Hofstra University in 1971 and the Hofstra School of Law in 1975, Kent relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1976, where he has maintained an independent law practice for over 33 years, practicing today as the Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida. His law office partner is Russell L. Cormican. They share space in the Legacy Bank Building, across from the Broward County Courthouse, at 12 SE 7 Street in Fort Lauderdale.