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Lawyer Wants to Settle a Dispute In Unique Way

Richard Luthmann is a New York lawyer accused of fraud. Now, he wants to use trial by combat to settle a legal dispute. He told reporters “The common law of Britain was in effect in New York in 1776. And the Ninth Amendment of the Constitution recognises the penumbra of those rights. It’s still on the books.” Luthmann, 35, feels that his request for a combat trial is fair, given that the legal dispute itself is silly and “baseless." The dispute started in 2013 when his client, David Parker, was supposed to pay $550,000 to the opposition. Parker disappeared without a trace so, the opponents decided to sue Luthmann instead. Luthmann then spent the last two years filing motions and countermotions against the other lawyer.

He said, “This is not a lawsuit anymore; this is an absurdity. So I will give them absurdity in kind.” That's when Luthmann found a loophole in the law and decided to challenge them to a medieval-style duel. In his brief, Luthmann asks “that the court permit the undersigned (Luthmann) to dispatch plaintiffs to the Divine Providence of the Maker for Him to exact His divine judgment once the undersigned has released the souls of the plaintiffs and their counsel from their corporeal bodies, personally and or by way of a champion.” Luthmann stated “The judge may look askance at it, but I’m prepared to take it to the highest level. I’d love to have a court determine whether we have those rights under the Constitution. This is a matter of honor.”

Although a judge probably won't accept Luthmann's request, he intends to go into combat dressed as Game of Thrones character Robert Baratheon. His weapon of choice – a warhammer. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Richard Chusid, said “It should be clear that we do not find the brief amusing and, we believe, neither will the court, both from a legal and ethical perspective."

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