Man requests 'trial by combat' with Japanese swords to settle custody battle with ex-wife

  
Via:  freefaller  •  3 months ago  •  25 comments

Man requests 'trial by combat' with Japanese swords to settle custody battle with ex-wife

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DES MOINES – A Kansas man has asked an Iowa court to grant his motion for trial by combat so he can meet his ex-wife and her attorney "on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies."

David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, claims in court documents that his ex-wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, has "destroyed (him) legally."

He asked the Iowa District Court in Shelby County to give him 12 weeks "lead time" in order to source or forge katana and wakizashi swords, as first reported by the Carroll Times Herald . To this day, trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States," Ostrom argues in court records, adding that it was used "as recently as 1818 in British Court." When reached by phone Monday, Ostrom told the Des Moines Register that he got the idea after learning about a 2016 case in which  New York Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo acknowledged that duels had not been abolished.

Ostrom said the motion stemmed from his frustrations with his ex-wife's attorney, Matthew Hudson of Harlan . "I think I've met Mr. Hudson's absurdity with my own absurdity," he said  Ostrom, who said he plans to request the same mediation tactic for any other disputes that may arise in court, added that his ex-wife can choose her attorney as a "champion," or stand-in fighter. 

Hudson filed a resistance to the trial by combat motion by first correcting Ostrom's spelling.  "Surely (Ostrom) meant 'corporeal' bodies which Merriam Webster defines as having, consisting of, or relating to, a physical material body," the attorney wrote. "Although (Ostrom) and potential combatant do have souls to be rended, they respectfully request that the court not order this done."  Hudson argued that because a duel could end in death, such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues.  "It should be noted that just because the U.S. and Iowa constitutions do not specifically prohibit battling another person with a deadly katana sword, it does prohibit a court sitting in equity from ordering same," Hudson wrote.  Hudson asked the court to suspend Ostrom's visitation rights and order him to undergo a court-ordered psychological evaluation. 

Ostrom later admitted to the misspelling, but argued he has no history of mental issues.  Historically, he said in court records, trial by combat was not always won by way of death, but also when a party "cries craven," yielding to the other.  "Respondent and counsel have proven themselves to be cravens by refusing to answer the call to battle, thus they should lose this motion by default," Ostrom wrote, adding that if the other party decided otherwise, he wants to proceed with a "blunted practice style" of sword play.

The court has not yet ruled on either party's motions. Hudson was not immediately available for comment. 

Ostrom, who said he doesn't have any experience with sword fighting, doesn't anticipate the judge will let his request go forward, but he wants an answer anyway.  When asked if he were serious about the dueling offer, Ostrom said, "If Mr. Hudson is willing to do it, I will meet him. I don't think he has the guts to do it." 


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Freefaller
1  seeder  Freefaller    3 months ago

Gotta say that's a novel approach, though it would certainly reduce court costs if approved.

I'm also gonna go out on a limb and guess that this is not an amicable divorce

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     3 months ago
though it would certainly reduce court costs if approved.

The medical cost and or funeral home cost would certainly rise. 

Before this dumb ass takes this any further he would be best reminded to remember Lorraine Bobbitt. 

 
 
 
Freefaller
2.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Kavika @2    3 months ago
he would be best reminded to remember Lorraine Bobbitt.

Lol a little different circumstance here as I doubt he would be asleep at the start of the duel

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Freefaller @2.1    3 months ago
Lol a little different circumstance here as I doubt he would be asleep at the start of the duel

Never underestimate a pissed off women especially one with a sword.

 
 
 
Freefaller
2.1.2  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Kavika @2.1.1    3 months ago
Never underestimate a pissed off women especially one with a sword.

Point (snicker) taken

 
 
 
loki12
3  loki12    3 months ago

Technically, doesn't his wife, the challenged get to pick the weapon? He should be very careful what he asks for.

 
 
 
Freefaller
3.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  loki12 @3    3 months ago
Technically, doesn't his wife, the challenged get to pick the weapon?

Good question. Can't really say I'm familiar with duelling etiquette in that regard.

 
 
 
jungkonservativ111
3.2  jungkonservativ111  replied to  loki12 @3    3 months ago

12 weeks to make a sword is absurd as well. In forged in fire they do it on like 5 days. Obvious ploy.....

 
 
 
1stwarrior
3.2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  jungkonservativ111 @3.2    3 months ago

Not a samurai sword - many layers to meld together.

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  jungkonservativ111 @3.2    3 months ago

Difficult question to answer. Google it. 

In the heyday of the Samurai,

for a special sword for a new samurai it would take a dozen men two years to make the perfect sword.

Given modern methods, a similar cheap sword can be knocked out in 2 months, still sharp as hell but not durable.

Similarly a good European blacksmith could knock out a standard long sword in a few weeks but would spend five or six months on

 a sword for royalty.

Step out of the bubble.

Samurai swords were a first strike weapon on the field of battle, they are not designed to parry blows or engage in the sword play

introduced in so many silly European/American movies about the Samurai.

In all the Samurai carried at least one each of five different style swords,

each with a different purpose after they had run out of arrows.

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.2.3  Split Personality  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.2    3 months ago

512

Classic Samurai Jitte;

a 12 inch iron rod with a hook to capture the enemy blade and disarm the attatcker.

 
 
 
Dulay
3.3  Dulay  replied to  loki12 @3    3 months ago

Mark this on your calendar loki. I think you're right about that. 

 
 
 
loki12
3.3.1  loki12  replied to  Dulay @3.3    3 months ago

hey, acknowledging I’m right [deleted]

 
 
 
lady in black
4  lady in black    3 months ago

He apparently thinks GOT is real life.

 
 
 
Freefaller
4.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  lady in black @4    3 months ago

GOT??

 
 
 
lady in black
4.1.1  lady in black  replied to  Freefaller @4.1    3 months ago

Game of Thrones

 
 
 
Freefaller
4.1.2  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  lady in black @4.1.1    3 months ago

Thanks. Never seen it so didn't make the connection.

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.3  Dulay  replied to  Freefaller @4.1.2    3 months ago

My 89 year old mother in law turned us onto it. It's awesome. 

 
 
 
devangelical
4.1.4  devangelical  replied to  Dulay @4.1.3    3 months ago

my sister insisted my mother and I watch it with her when HBO was running GOT marathons before the last season. watching soft porn with my mom was a bit disconcerting to say the least.

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1.5  MUVA  replied to  devangelical @4.1.4    3 months ago

I fell the same way way about watching that show it makes me blush.

 
 
 
Split Personality
5  Split Personality    3 months ago

Looney toons...

 
 
 
Dulay
5.1  Dulay  replied to  Split Personality @5    3 months ago

When I read this I picture the gun/sword scene in Indiana Jones. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @5.1    3 months ago

That was hilarious!

 
 
 
katrix
5.1.2  katrix  replied to  Dulay @5.1    3 months ago

Harrison Ford had the flu when they were rehearsing that scene .. he was supposed to be using a sword. He was too tired so he just pulled out a gun instead.

It was so hilarious - and obvious, really (who the hell would be dumb enough to fight someone with a sword if they had a gun?) that they decided to change the scene.

Don't bring a knife to a gunfight - you'll lose.

 
 
 
MrFrost
6  MrFrost    3 months ago

I think John is on to something..

 
 
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