Kansas man wants ‘trial by combat’ -- reminiscent of disgraced S.I. attorney

Cheryl Sanders
January 16, 2020

Attorney Matthew Hudson filed a resistance to Ostrom's motion, and appeared to mock his spelling in the process.

"I've seen the television show and read the books", said Ostrom.

Ostrom said the motion began when he became frustrated with his ex-wife's attorney, Matthew Hudson, saying he wanted to take the fight to "the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies".

He added that his wife, from Harlan, had 'destroyed (him) legally'.


"Thus I submit this Iowa State Court also has such power to sanction Trial By Combat to allow the Respondent and I to resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally", Ostrom wrote.

Incredibly, the 40-year-old has also asked that if his request gets approved, he'll need up to three months to "source or forge katana and wakizashi swords", reports the Carroll Times Herald.

Interestingly, Supreme Court Justice Philip G. Minardo acknowledged that trial by combat was technically legal in the United States because it had never been abolished.

Mr Hudson hit back against the suggestion, arguing to Judge Dreismeier that a "trial by combat" could result in death or serious injury, and "such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issue". His ex's lawyer responded in court that just because the USA and Iowa constitutions don't specifically prohibit battling another person with a deadly katana sword - the weapon Ostrom suggested - it does prohibit a court sitting in equity from ordering same.


"Although [Ostrom] and [the] potential combatant do have souls to be rended, they respectfully request that the court not order this done..."

"They've tried to ignore me and not address equal custody, and I think this puts a spotlight on them", said Ostrom. He then noted that he plans to request the same trial option for other court disputes he may encounter in the future.

While Ostrom admitted to his misspelling, he denied having any history of mental issues. He noted that Game of Thrones had triggered interest in the subject but expressed doubt that an American court would ever order a trial by combat.

The judge's response stated in part, "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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