Man asks court for 'Trial by Combat' with wife's attorney in divorce

Martial art sword combat silhouettes

Martial art sword combat silhouettes

David Ostrom, of Paola, Kansas, said in a January 3 court filing that his former wife and her attorney had destroyed him legally.

"To this day, trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States", Ostrom argues, pointing out that it was used "as recently as 1818 in British Court". He even specified the types of swords that could be used in the battle in the court filing.

In response to Ostrom's trial by combat motion, Hudson filed a resistance that also corrected Ostrom's spelling.

A Kansas man has thrown down the gauntlet to his ex-wife and her attorney - seeking court permission to settle their child custody case "on the field of battle" with a sword fight.

Ostrom told the Register that he got the "trial by combat" idea from a 2016 case in NY, where a Supreme Court justice acknowledged that medieval combat was a viable option for resolving a legal dispute.

Hudson referred to himself as the "potential combatant" in his own cheeky legal response filed in Shelby County District Court.

Ostrom concluded with a concession that his ex-wife could name a champion - as long as it was her lawyer, Matthew Hudson - to "stand in her stead" in the proposed mortal combat. In it, the motion demands that the court sanction a trial by combat to resolve disputes over illegal telephone and electronic contact, as well as unpaid property taxes.

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The lawyer then asked that Ostrom lose visitation rights and submit to a psychiatric evaluation.

Ostrom admitted to misspelling 'corporeal, ' but denied any mental health issues and pointed out that a duel need not end in death - one party could "cry craven" and yield to the other.

The court has not made a decision on either party's motions.

"I've seen the television show and read the books", said Ostrom.

The Des Moines Register reached out to David via telephone where he explained that he had come up with the idea of a swordfight after hearing a New York Supreme Court Justice acknowledge that duels had not been abolished during the case that took place in 2016.

"They've tried to ignore me and not address equal custody, and I think this puts a spotlight on them", said Ostrom. He noted that Game of Thrones had triggered interest in the subject but expressed doubt that an American court would ever order a trial by combat.

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