According to court records seen by the Carroll Times Herald, 40-year-old David Ostrom asked a court in Iowa, where ex-wife Bridgette Ostrom, 38, lives, to allow him to settle a dispute over his ability to communicate with their two children with a "trial by combat".
Ostrom concluded with a concession that his ex-wife could name a champion - as long as it was her lawyer, Matthew Hudson - to "stand in her stead" in the proposed mortal combat.
David Ostrom has petitioned a court in Shelby County, Iowa, asking for 12 weeks to hunt down a katana and wakizashi (large and small Japanese swords) in order to take his courtroom battle literally, local media reported on Monday.More news: Larry Fitzgerald Re-Signs With Cardinals On One-Year Deal
His filing says the USA has never explicitly banned trial by combat.
Ostrom admitted to misspelling 'corporeal, ' but denied any mental health issues and pointed out that a duel need not end in death - one party could "cry craven" and yield to the other. Ostrom's motion, if granted, would be the first such case ever contested on the battlefield in the nation's history. He also doesn't have any sword-duelling experience, but he'd still be happy to fight Hudson on the field of battle. If Mr Hudson isn't Ms Ostrom's choice, then she can elect a stand-in fighter. Ostrom added that he didn't think Hudson would have the "guts" to actually meet him in a physical confrontation.
"I think I've met Mr. Hudson's absurdity with my own absurdity", the Associated Press reported Ostrom as saying.More news: Canadian Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson, father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dies
Hudson resisted the odd request, arguing that because a duel could end in death, "such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues".
Ostrom reportedly got the idea from a case in 2016 in which New York Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo acknowledged that such duels had not officially been abolished. He did not, however, allow such a battle to actually take place in the NY case. The practice, which dates back to the Middle Ages, was legal under the British legal code during the colonial era. 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. "However, the fact that the claim did exist - and some say still does - again proves that people (past and present) continue to explore unique alternative dispute resolution methods".More news: US, China set to sign vital trade truce