A defendant in a case before the New York Supreme Court, inspired by the HBO series Game of Thrones, has demanded a trial by combat.
According to The Wrap, Game of Thrones fan Richard Luthmann is facing charges for helping a client commit fraudulent transfer (Luthmann corrects The Wrap in the comments below the article, saying he is charged with “Aiding and Abetting a Fraudulent Transfer, Conspiracy to Aid and Abet a Fraudulent Transfer, Concerted Action Liability, Negligence and for an Accounting”). Luthmann argues that there is nothing on the books that outlaws the practice.
“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,” Luthmann writes in the court filing.
Trial-by-combat has been invoked twice in Game of Thrones, both in crucial scenes involving Tyrion Lannister. The first was when he was accused at The Eyrie of murdering Jon Arryn, and Bronn came to his defense and emerged victorious. The second was in Season 4, when Tyrion stood trial for the death of King Joffrey. It was the “Red Viper,” Oberyn Martell, who stepped in to face Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.