Staten Island lawyer and Game of Thrones fan Richard Luthmann has decided to go all Tyrion Lannister and has demanded a trial by combat in a lawsuit against him.
Luthmann already filed the documents to the New York State Supreme Court seeking a trial by combat in order to settle his court case. Luthmann allegedly committed a crime by aiding his client in a fraudulent transfer of funds. Luthmann says that the accusation is absurd, which is why is he returning the absurdity back to his accusers through a trial by combat, as Time reports.
“They want to be absurd about what they’re trying to do, then I’ll give them back ridiculousness in kind. If these people want to insist on having it out, then we’ll have it out.”
The court filing was obtained by the Wrap.
“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.”
Luthmann stated that there’s no specific law stating that trial by combat is prohibited, which is why he went through with it.
“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.”
In Season 4 of HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), resorted to having a trial by combat and chose Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) as his champion when he was accused of poisoning his nephew, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). To refresh your memory, here’s a recap of the trial by combat episode by the Inquisitr.
According to the court filing on the lawsuit against Luthmann, he instructed his client, David Parker, who owed $500,000 to the plaintiffs, to hide his assets in order for creditors not to have access to them. Luthmann retains his innocence and calls the lawsuit absurd.
In a trial by combat, two parties duke it out to the death and the winner of the fight is declared right.
It seems pretty far-fetched that Luthmann would spare his own life for a lawsuit, but the papers are in. As of writing, the court has not yet responded to the request of a trial by combat.
[Image via Game of Thrones/HBO]