'Game of Thrones' Fan Seeks Trial By Combat to Settle Lawsuit
A Staten Island lawyer accused of helping a client fraudulently transfer assets says he wants to settle his trial “Game of Thrones” style.
Richard Luthmann said he’s seeking trial by combat because it was never outlawed in the U.S.
Trial by combat has been used multiple times in HBO’s "Game of Thrones" to resolve disputes.
Luthmann wrote in a brief filed in state Supreme Court that the plaintiffs’ allegations “border upon the criminal.”
"They want to be absurd about what they're trying to do, then I'll give them back ridiculousness in kind," he said, according to SILive.com.
Over the course of 10 pages, Luthmann discusses the history of trial by combat from Middle-Age England to the founding of the Thirteen Colonies. (Fun fact: One British bishop in 1276 paid a champion an annual retainer fee, with additional stipends and expenses for each fight. Luthmann doesn't say how much.)
More to the point, an attempt to abolish the practice in the Thirteen Colonies was blocked by Parliament in 1774, nor was it subsequently banned by the Constitution in the United States or by the state of New York, Luthmann contends.
The lawyer realizes his request for mortal combat isn't without personal risk.
"One of the inconveniences of this procedure is, that the party who institutes it must be willing, if required, to stake his life in support of his accusation," he wrote.
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