A man from Kansas requested an Iowa judge to let him engage a sword fight with his former wife in a trial to their ongoing legal dispute.
David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas said his former wife and her attorney “destroyed (him) legally,” according to a report.
In his court filing, the man said the judge has the power to resolve disputes on the field of battle, legally.
Further, he also requested to have a trial by combat with his ex-wife and attorney. He said it “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in the United States.”
Mr. Ostrom also requested the judge to give him 12 weeks so he could acquire Japanese samurai swords.
According to The Guardian, the former couple were in disputes over custody and visitation issues and property tax payments.
Meanwhile, his ex-wife’s attorney said settling the case by a duel will just result in death. The legal counsel requested the judge to reject Mr. Ostrom’s petition to have sword fight.
Attending Judge Craig Dreismeier said he will not be issuing a decision anytime soon due to “irregularities” of both sides’ motions and responses.
The judge said the court will take no further actions or even objections filed by either of the parties.