Trial By Combat: Kansas Man Requests Sword Fight With Ex-Wife And Lawyer To Settle Legal Dispute

A 40-year-old man from Kansas asked a judge from Iowa to allow him to have a sword fight with his ex-wife and lawyer so they can settle their ongoing legal dispute.

The trial by combat was requested by 40-year-old David Ostrom on January 3, 2020, through a court filing.

In the court filing, David said that his 38-year-old wife, Bridgette Ostrom and Matthew Hudson, her attorney, had destroyed him legally.

The judge had the power to let the other parties resolve their disputes on the field of battle legally.

In his filing, David said he had never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in the United States.

David also asked the judge for 12 weeks’ time so can secure the samurai swords, which are from the country of Japan.

David and Bridgette have been embroiled in disputes over custody and visitation issues and property tax payments.

The motion that David filed in the Shelby County District Court stemmed the frustrations with his ex-wife’s attorney.

David said, “I think I’ve met Mr. Hudson’s absurdity with my own absurdity.”

David added that Bridgette, his former wife, could choose Hudson to act as her champion.

Hudson, the lawyer of Bridgette, said the duel could end in death.

He also asked the judge to request for the trial to combat that was requested by David.

Craig Dreismeier, a Judge, said on Monday that he will not release a decision anytime soon, citing irregularities with both sides’ motions and responses.

Judge Dreismeier said in the filing, “Until the proper procedural steps to initiate a court proceeding are followed, this court will take no further action concerning any motion, objection or petition filed by either party at this time.”

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