UPDATE: Iowa Man Who Sought Japanese Sword Fight with Wife During Divorce Trial Gets Psych Evaluation
The Iowa-turned-Kansas man who sought trial by combat as settlement in his divorce proceedings has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychological evaluation and has been temporarily barred from seeing his children without supervision.
David Orstrom, 40, had filed a motion on January 3rd, saying his ex-wife has "destroyed him legally" and said he wants the court to allow him trial by combat with her, or her lawyer. He said he'd like to meet them "On the field of battle where he will rend their souls from their corporal bodies."
All David asked was that he have 12 weeks of "lead time" to be able to find, or make, a katana and wakizashi sword.
He says trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right by the United States.
The ex-wife's attorney, Matthew Hudson, argued that the duel would end in critical bodily harm or even death, and that the ramifications of death would outweigh property costs and custody issues.
David responded by saying "If Mr. Hudson is willing to do it, I will meet him. I don't think he has the guts."
Ostrom has an appointment with a psychologist this week. If he has to receive treatment, he'll have to complete the treatment before making the request again.
Since filing the motion, Ostrom hasn't seen his children, and only has spoken with them once over the phone.
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