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Custody Sword-fight; Alternative Dispute Resolution

A Kansas man filed for Court permission from an Iowa judge to duel his ex-wife (or her attorney) via sword-fight to resolve their ongoing custody dispute.

David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, alleged that his former wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had “destroyed (him) legally”. Id.

Ostrom argued that the Court had the authority to “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” noting in his pleading that trial by combat “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States”. Id.

Ostrom requested sufficient time so he could secure Japanese samurai swords.

Ostrom explained his pleading thusly, “I think I’ve met Mr Hudson’s absurdity with my own absurdity.”

Judge Craig Dreismeier responded that a decision would take some time, citing irregularities with both sides’ motions and responses.

“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.”

Citing The Guardian.


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