This case seems to have gotten a little out of hand.…
Man Challenges Ex-Wife and her Lawyer to Trial By Combat to Settle Legal Dispute
Jan 21, 2020
David Ostrom of Kansas, inspired by his love of Game of Thrones, has requested a trial by combat. That’s right he has made an extremely unusual request of the legal system. Which is putting it mildly. Driven to distraction by jumping through admin-based hoops, he’s now challenging his ex-wife Bridgette and her attorney to old-fashioned trial by combat!
The extreme move relates to what the Washington Post describes as “litigating property tax and custody disputes”. It was inspired by Ostrom’s love of Game of Thrones, plus a more down to earth assessment by a human judge. As reported by the Des Moines Register, Ostrom “got the idea after learning about a 2016 case in which New York Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo acknowledged that duels had not been abolished.”
This sword-wielder-in-waiting has chosen to include attorney Matthew Hudson on “the field of battle”, via a motion to the court. What exactly took place between the men isn’t clear. Ostrom has mentioned being “destroyed legally” by the process. However things happened, this action undoubtedly seems to go beyond legal norms.
“I think I’ve met Mr. Hudson’s absurdity with my own absurdity,” Ostrom told the Register, begging the question: how much more absurd can things get? One indication could be Ostrom’s idea of a 12 week preparation period before the big showdown. This is so he can get hold (quite literally) of 2 Japanese swords, a Katana and a Wakizashi!