Game of Thrones Fan Demands Trial By Combat in Supreme Court Case

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Writer/Streamer
August 07, 2015  10:14 PM

Remember that brilliant scene in Game of Thrones Season 4, when Tyrion Lannister demanded a "trial by combat" after being accused of poisoning Joffrey?

Apparently, a fan tried to demand the same thing in the real world! 

A Staten Island lawyer has filed documents with the New York State Supreme Court demanding that the defendant be allowed to settle a court case in a trial by combat in a story straight out of HBO hit series Game of Thrones, Yahoo reports. 

Richard Luthmann, who admitted being a fan of the fantasy series, is facing accusations that he helped a client commit fraud. In response, he has officially requested that he be allowed to settle the dispute in a "trial by combat" or fight to the death (Game of Thrones-style) 

"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 goes on to describe the detailed history of the practice, going all the way back to the 11th century conquest of England by Duke William II of Normandy. He goes on to assert that no U.S. court has ever explicitly outlawed the practice.

“Since [1776], 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.

Watch the clip here from HBO's series here:


Reality imitates epic fantasy. How ironic!

Season 6 of Game of Thrones is expected to premiere in the spring 2016 on HBO.


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