‘Game of Thrones’ fan demands trial by combat in New York Supreme Court case.
According to reports, Richard Luthmann contends that the practice has never been officially outlawed in the United States. A Staten Island lawyer has filed documents with the New York State Supreme Court demanding that he he be allowed to settle a court case in a trial by combat in a story directly from “Game of Thrones.”
Richard Luthmann, admitted that he was a major fan of the HBO series, is facing accusations that he aided a client in committing fraudulent transfer. In response, he has officially asked that he be allowed to end the dispute in a fight to the death.
“Defendant invokes the common law writ of right and demands his common law right to Trial By Combat as against plaintiffs and their counsel, whom plaintiff wishes to implead into the Trial By Combat by writ of right,” the court filing states.
Luthmann then goes into detail about the history of trial by combat, going all the way back to the 11th century. Ultimately, Luthmann argues that the no U.S. court has ever outlawed the practice.
“Since , no American court in post-independence United States to the undersigned’s knowledge has addressed the issue, and thus the trial by combat remains a right reserved to the people and a valid alternative to civil action,” Luthmann writes.
Trials by combat was a major deal in “Game of Thrones.” Several characters died fighting to the death especially in season 4 when Tyrion Lannister called on Oberyn Martell to serve as his champion when Tyrion was accused of poisoning his nephew Joffery.