Iowa Man Who Sought Trial By Combat Now Wants Ex-Wife Evaluated
David Ostrom first asked the court to allow for trial by combat with his ex-wife in January. He looked over the laws and found that there is a loophole, which he argued in court, saying "To this day, trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States." He said his ex-wife may battle him herself, or may choose her attorney to be her "Champion." The reason for this method was because her lawyer "destroyed him legally."
Ostrom said he only needed 12 weeks lead time when they make their decision, so that he has time to find or make a sword.
Unfortunately, the ex-wife's lawyer didn't want to sword fight, and called for a psychological evaluation of David, and blocked him from seeing his children.
David was found not to be psychologically troubled, but has an “adjustment disorder with mixed emotional features."
David told the Des Moines Register, “It essentially says I’m not crazy, I just don’t like being denied access to my children."
Since he passed the evaluation, he called for an eval of his wife and the attorney. He also filed a motion to regain parenting time. The motion also called for him to be reimbursed $4,765 in legal fees, $2,200 for the evaluation, and $255,000 for emotional damages.
David Orstrom is representing himself, if you hadn't guessed already.
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