For almost twenty years, Ted Shouse has defended the rights, liberty and even the lives of people charged with crimes in Kentucky.

Theodore S. “Ted” Shouse is known for his passion, commitment and persistence in defending people against criminal charges in both state and federal court throughout Kentucky. He has successfully represented people at all levels of the criminal justice process: in pre-charge investigations; at trial; on appeal; and, in post-conviction proceedings. He is the only lawyer in Kentucky to have freed a man from Kentucky’s death row by proving that the prosecutor withheld evidence that would have been helpful to the defense. He is the former directing attorney of the Kentucky Innocence Project, and in that role he proved that his client served eleven years for a crime he did not commit. For his work he has been recognized by his peers as one of Louisville’s Top Lawyers in Louisville Magazine.

Mr. Shouse’s office is in Louisville, and he regularly represents people in Jefferson County, but he also regularly defends clients in state and federal courts throughout Kentucky. He is known throughout Kentucky for his aggressive defense of his clients.

Mr. Shouse understands that no two clients are alike and that there is no substitute for listening to the needs of the client and then tailoring a litigation plan to meet those needs.

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The law office of Ted Shouse is a client-centered operation. If your liberty and reputation are at stake he will leave no stone unturned in representing you – no matter the situation. He has successfully persuaded investigating agencies not to bring charges against clients. He has successfully represented thousands of clients at the trial level, winning acquittals before juries and settling cases to clients’ advantage. He has argued appellate cases before both the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court and he has represented clients in post-conviction matters in both state and federal court.

Mr. Shouse has represented people from all walks of life. While based in Louisville, Mr. Shouse knows, and is known by, prosecutors and judges throughout the state.

Mr. Shouse will craft a specific litigation plan for your case after first listening to you and thoroughly investigating your case. He has a proven track record of success in representing persons accused of crimes.

The office is small for a reason. Personal service is the key to successful representation. Mr. Shouse often creates a team of experienced professionals (investigator, co-counsel, technology experts) for cases so that individualized resources can be brought to bear for the client. Persistence, innovation and passion are the hallmarks of our office.

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Murder suspect facing death penalty found not guilty in 2013 homicide in PRP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Charles Washington, who faced the death penalty for a 2013 murder charge, was found not guilty Thursday.

Washington was one of four men charged in connection to a home invasion and fatal shooting in the Crawford Crossing Apartments in Pleasure Ridge Park on Aug.12, 2013. Washington, Shakahakeen Boyd, Jevon Harris-Curry and Timothy Cross pleaded not guilty to murder, burglary, robbery and other charges.

LMPD detectives said the four men broke into 21-year-old Paul Barber’s apartment, demanding money, drugs and cell phones. Barber’s newborn son, fiancée and two other people were inside at the time.

Detectives said Barber was targeted. He was found dead outside the apartment with a gunshot wound.

All four suspects faced the death penalty, but Cross and Boyd took plea deals in order to testify against Washington.

“Mr. Cross and Mr. Boyd were facing the death penalty,” said Ted Shouse, who is representing…

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