‘Trial by Combat’ requested from Kansas Man in Case against Ex-Wife

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A Kansas man, David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, said in a Jan. 3 court filing that his ex-wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had “destroyed (him) legally.” David requested in a filing to an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword battle with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he could “rend their souls” from their bodies. The Ostrom couple has been embroiled in custody and visitation disputes, as well as property tax payments.

The judge had the power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” David Ostrom said, adding in his filing that trial by combat “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States.”

Hudson countered that because a duel could end in death, “such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues.” Hudson requested the judge reject the request for trial by combat.

Judge Craig Dreismeier said in his own filing that due to irregularities with both sides’ motions and responses, he would not be making a decision anytime soon.

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