Man Seeks ‘Trial By Combat’ Against Ex-Wife


This isn’t the first trial by combat motion we’ve seen in the last few years, but it’s definitely the first we’ve seen where the man wants a sword fight with his wife.

David Ostrom of Kansas asked an Iowa judge to allow him to take a sword to his ex-wife and her attorney “so that he can ‘rend their souls’ from their bodies.”

The judge withheld judgment for the time being.

Ostrom claims in his filing that he needs this remedy because his former spouse and her lawyer have destroyed him legally. Not to get technical, but it sounds like this trial by combat motion is not timely because if he’s been “destroyed legally” they already had the trial and he lost.

Now if he moved for a new trial first…

Man asks Iowa judge for ‘trial by combat’ with ex-wife, lawyer [KCCI]


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