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Man requests sword fight to settle legal dispute

January 18, 2020 | Comment icon 39 comments

Tis but a scratch. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 getmahesh
A Kansas man has requested a duel with his ex-wife and her lawyer to 'resolve their dispute on the field of battle'.
Seemingly fed up with the prospect of more courtrooms and legal wrangling, David Ostrom decided that the best way to settle his differences with his ex-wife's lawyer Matthew Hudson was to challenge him to a battle of a different kind - one involving swords and a considerably higher risk of decapitation.

In a court filing on January 3rd, Ostrom claimed that Hudson and his ex-wife had 'destroyed' him (legally speaking) during a spate of legal disputes over property tax payments and visitation issues.

He went on to claim that the judge had the power to allow he and Hudson to "resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally" and that trial by combat "has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States."
He also asked for 12 weeks to prepare so that he could acquire Japanese samurai swords.

"I think I've met Mr Hudson's absurdity with my own absurdity," he said.

Hudson replied by pointing out that if one of them actually died during such an exercise, "such ramifications [would] likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues."

The judge went on to state that due to 'irregularities' in the responses from both sides he won't be issuing a decision on the matter anytime soon.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (39)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #30 Posted by Setton 2 years ago
Comment icon #31 Posted by the1truebat 2 years ago
Technically dueling doesn?t have to be to the death, nor does it have to involve weapons. There has got to be a way for this to happen.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Jujo-jo 2 years ago
Just makes me miss "Knight Fight" all the more. Does any one knowif there will be a season 2 yet?
Comment icon #33 Posted by susieice 2 years ago
I thought dueling was already banned when Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton. Guess not. In 1839, after the death of a congressman, dueling was outlawed inWashington, D.C.[40][41]A constitutional amendment was even proposed for the federal constitution to outlaw dueling.[42]SomeUS states' constitutions, such asWest Virginia's, contain explicit prohibitions on dueling to this day.[43]Other US states, likeMississippiuntil the late 1970s, formerly had prohibitions on dueling in their state constitutions, but later repealed them,[44]whereas... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Jujo-jo 2 years ago
Watch "One knight stands in brand new Knight Fight | HISTORY UK" on YouTube
Comment icon #35 Posted by Jujo-jo 2 years ago
Good tune too, I heard someWolf Mother music in the back ground.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Jujo-jo 2 years ago
Knight Fight Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere? Knight Fight season 1 released onJanuary 23, 2019, and concluded onMarch 13, 2019. There has been no official confirmation regarding Knight fights season 2 so far.Mar 18, 2019 maybe the UK is different?
Comment icon #37 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 2 years ago
I dont think i would challange my brother in law since he's a fencing master. I did fence when i was younger though.
Comment icon #38 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 2 years ago
I would challenge anyone here....................... in tabel hockey
Comment icon #39 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 years ago
In Canada this is perfectly legal so I've heard

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