Richard A Luthmann, an attorney from New York, is a God—a Mountain, if you will—among lawyers.
After being accused of acting as an accessory to fraud with one of his clients, Luthmann filed a request to the Supreme Court of New York. It reads:
“As such, the undersigned (Luthmann) respectfully requests that the court permit the undersigned to dispatch plaintiffs and their counsel 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.
“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.
“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.”
Or, In other words:
According to Mic, Luthmann described the most glaring “inconvenience” of the duel. “One of the inconveniences of this procedure is, that the party who institutes it must be willing, if required, to stake his life in support of his accusation.”
Luthmann reportedly requested a trial by combat in response to the allegations made against him – fighting “ludicrous” claims with an equally ludicrous legal defence.