Man Asks Judge to Let him and Ex Settle Differences with a Sword Fight

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A disgruntled ex-husband has asked an Iowa judge for permission to settle his differences with his ex-wife by having a sword fight.

Kansas resident David Ostrom, 40, has filed a legal request for the battle, which would also include his ex’s divorce attorney. In the request, Ostrom says he hopes to “rend their souls” from their bodies.

He also asks the judge to allow three weeks before scheduling the duel so he has time to obtain authentic Japanese samurai swords. Ostrom notes settling differences by having a sword fight “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States.”

The filing is the latest in a series of court battles between Ostrom and his 38-year-old ex, Bridgette. They’ve been sparring over property, custody arrangements and taxes — and Judge Craig Dreismeier says he’s had just about enough.

Responding to the sword fight request, Dreismeier said, “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.”

While Ostrom is probably just expressing his frustration, should filing such a request be illegal because it wastes taxpayers’ money?

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