A New York lawyer, and big Game of Thrones fan, has requested a trial by combat with the New York State Supreme Court.
Richard of House Luthmann of Staten Island stands accused in the eyes of the old gods and the new of helping a client commit fraud. In response, he has filed a motion to have a trial by combat. The real-life filing says, “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 argues that trial by combat dates back to 11th century England and has never technically been outlawed in the United States. It is unclear if Luthmann would like to fight for himself or if he hopes to name a champion to take his place.
As a fan of Game of Thrones, Luthmann is well aware of the risks that come with a trial by combat. Twice Tyrion Lannister requested the same type of trial, and while factually innocent both times, his record stands at 1-1. While Bronn was able to save his life in the Eyrie, Oberyn Martell lost his focus, and then his head, fighting The Mountain in King’s Landing.
It is unclear if a guilty verdict would lead to a death sentence for Luthmann since New York has not executed anyone since 1963.
If granted his wish, whom should Luthmann name as his champion? Who should the state of New York name as theirs? Will I ever recover from Oberyn’s death? Answer all of these questions in the comments below. (But don’t worry about the Oberyn one, the answer to that is “never.”)
HT: The Wrap