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Man Requests Sword Fight In Court To Settle Legal Dispute With Ex-wife


Man Requests Sword Fight In Court To Settle Legal Dispute With Ex-wife

12 weeks lead time before Trial By Combat date.

A man involved in a court battle with his ex-wife is seeking a trial by combat with Japanese swords to settle the feud.

David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, asked an Iowa court to grant his motion for trial by combat so he can confront his 38-year-old ex-wife, Bridgette, or her lawyer ‘on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies.’

David Ostrom, 40, involved in a court battle with his ex-wife Bridgette Ostrom, 38

Ostrom also requested ’12 weeks lead time before Trial By Combat date so he may have one Katana and one Wakizashi (swords) sources or forged for use.’

 David, a Game of Thrones die-hard fan, wrote in his court filings that his ex-wife has ‘destroyed (him) legally’ and claims the Iowa District Court in Shelby County unfairly favors women in custody and money disputes.

David asked a judge to let him and his ex-wife solve their custody and money dispute by facing off in ‘trial by combat.

Ostrom’s inspiration for the battle came from a 2016 case in which the New York Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo agreed battling had not been eradicated. He went on to point out to the District Court that the concept had been used as early as 1818 in  British Courts.

Lowa District Court where each party’s appeal is yet to be ruled

Mathew Hudson– His ex-wife’s attorney filed a resistance to the request beginning with a correction on Ostrom’s spelling. ‘Surely (Ostrom) meant “corporeal” bodies which Merriam Webster defines as having, consisting of, or relating to, a physical material body,’ Hudson wrote.

 Hudson pointed out that a duel might end in one or both parties dying, which he revealed would be disproportionate to the custody as well as to property tax issues. He then asked the court to order Ostrom for a Psychological treatment.

Ostrom responded saying that he is not crazy or violent, and he realizes his request is outlandish, which is exactly his point. ‘They’ve tried to ignore me and not address equal custody, and I think this puts a spotlight on them,’ he said.

‘I’ve kind of run out of options now and no one pays attention to what I think is a hardship on myself and my children.’ The court has not yet ruled on either side’s motions. Ostrom said he does not expect the judge to approve his request, but he wants an answer regardless.

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