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New York Lawyer Charged With Fraud Demands Trial By Combat – Oddity Central

In a real-life story that seems taken out of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, a New York lawyer accused of fraud is actually asking for a trial by combat to settle a legal dispute.

Richard Luthmann says his bizarre request may sound ludicrous to most people, but it certainly isn’t against the law. He pointed out that the right to Trial by Combat was technically never outlawed in the state of New York, or anywhere else in America. “The common law of Britain was in effect in New York in 1776,” he told reporters “And the Ninth Amendment of the Constitution recognises the penumbra of those rights. It’s still on the books.” Historically, trial by combat was indeed a little-used but accepted aspect of English common law.

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Luthmann, 35, feels that his request for a combat trial is fair, given that the legal dispute itself is silly and “baseless”. It started in 2013, when Luthmann represented the losing side in a lawsuit between two investment firms. His client, David Parker, was supposed to pay $550,000 to the opposition, but he disappeared without a trace. So the opponents decided to sue him instead, alleging the lawyer helped his client hide his assets in order to avoid payment.

After spending the past two years filing motions and countermotions against the other lawyer, Luthmann was at his wits’ end. “This is not a lawsuit anymore; this is an absurdity,” he told the New York Post. “So I will give them absurdity in kind.” That’s when he decided to make use of a loophole in the law and challenge them to a medieval-style duel to settle the matter.

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In his brief, Luthmann asks “that the court permit the undersigned (Luthmann) to dispatch plaintiffs 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.” Alternatively, he’s willing to settle for just having the case dismissed.

It sounds like a joke, but Luthmann is actually pretty serious about testing the power of the Ninth Amendment. “The judge may look askance at it, but I’m prepared to take it to the highest level,” he said. “I’d love to have a court determine whether we have those rights under the Constitution. This is a matter of honor.”

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It’s highly unlikely that the judge will accept Luthmann’s request, but in any case, he’s prepared to go to combat dressed as Game of Thrones character Robert Baratheon. His weapon of choice – a warhammer.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Richard Chusid, feels differently about the issue. “It should be clear that we do not find the brief amusing and, we believe, neither will the court, both from a legal and ethical perspective,” he said.

You have to admit, seeing two lawyers fighting for their lives medieval style would be fun to watch.

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Driver Stopped With Sheep In Car Tells Police He Was Taking It To McDonald’s For A Treat

Driver Stopped With Sheep In Car Tells Police ‘I Was Taking It To McDonald’s’ – London Telegraph

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Police who stopped a motorist were stunned to discover a sheep in the boot of the car – which the driver claimed he had taken to McDonald’s for treat.

The incident occurred in North Yorkshire when officers from the local roads policing group stopped the driver of a Peugeot 206 on suspicion of driving with two bald tyres.

But when they looked more closely at the vehicle they notice an unusual passenger in the hatchback boot of the car, a fully grown sheep.

When questioned why he was travelling with the animal in a family hatchback the motorist explained that he had taken it to a nearby McDonald’s restaurant for a meal.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: “He told the officer, ‘some people take their dogs in their cars, I take my sheep’. He [the motorist] just wanted to go for a drive-through at McDonalds.”

The driver is thought to have been stopped shortly after a visit to the fast food restaurant at Leeming Bar services on the A1 in North Yorkshire.

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Couple Capture Creepy Clown On Video Breaking Into Chicago Cemetery After Dark

Creepy Clown Breaks Into Cemetery, Then Waves Slowly – Chicagoist

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Cell phone video captured an eerie scene at a Victorian Era cemetery on Chicago’s North Side earlier this month: a clown breaking into a cemetery and then waving very, very slowly to passers-by.

Julia Graham and her husband spotted a strange figure in shiny pants scaling a 7-foot-tall fence at Rosehill Cemetery around 10 p.m. while they were driving by one evening, CBS Chicago reports. At that point, the cemetery had been locked up for the evening. Her husband snapped a photo.

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“When we get closer, we realize it’s a clown, which is super weird,” she says.

The couple realized it was a clown staring right at them and waving. They pulled out a cell phone to capture the bizarre scene. Rosehill Cemetery didn’t offer comment to CBS on the clown, but said it hasn’t noticed any vandalism in the cemetery since it heard the report.

Rosehill Cemetery is the final resting place of many notable Chicagoans, including retailers Richard Warren Sears, Aaron Montgomery Ward, John Shedd of the Shedd Aquarium, and Vice President under Calvin Coolidge Charles Dawes.

That’s because the graves of legendary Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse, Oscar Mayer, ad exec Leo Burnett, Shedd Aquarium founder John Shedd and two retail giants – Richard Warren Sears and Aaron Montgomery Ward – sit yards away from a planned nature preserve. The 20-acre wooded site neighboring Rosehill Cemetery on the North Side will open to the public next summer.

Clowns have been creepy since basically forever, but clowns doing bizarre things have been going super #viral in the last year. Last October, a clown (or clowns) carrying balloons in California’s Central Valley blew up on Instagram and achieved urban legend status just in time for Halloween. Last summer clowns popped up in a cemetery in New York during daylight hours as well. Graham hadn’t heard about these clowns but she thought such stunts disrespected the dead.

“I just think it’s creepy and wrong,” Graham says.

Here’s the newscast that contains the cell phone video from Graham:

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FLASHBACK 2014: Creepy Clown ‘Haunts’ Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery – New York Daily News

Someone’s clowning around in Green-Wood Cemetery.

A prankster dressed as a scary clown, holding a fistful of pink balloons, spent last Wednesday hoofing it through the historic Brooklyn graveyard before mysteriously vanishing over a hillside.

“I was just walking through the cemetery, and I saw this really creepy clown,” said Matt, who didn’t want his last name used. “I did a double take.”

The red-wigged, ghoulish jester – who wore a polka-dot jumpsuit with multicolored shoes – circled a mausoleum on the west end of the sprawling cemetery before wandering off among the aging headstones.

The bizarre scene, first reported by South Slope News, was captured in a pair of YouTube videos posted by a user named Bruno Leo.

“What the fuck was that?” the cameraman says as he follows the clown around the corner of the mausoleum. “Oh, my God.”

Creepy clowns have become a popular prank in recent months.

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A dead ringer for horror author Stephen King’s character Pennywise terrorized a small English town for weeks late last year until a local reporter unmasked him as a 22-year-old filmmaker.

A Staten Island production company pulled a similar stunt in March, sending a silent Bozo into the borough to drum up publicity for an upcoming movie.

Regardless of who is behind the new graveyard gagman, officials at the hallowed grounds aren’t laughing.

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“Green-Wood staff has no information about this individual and has not seen him nor have any lot owners or visitors reported a sighting,” cemetery president Richard Moylan said in a statement. “When and if he is spotted, he will be immediately escorted from the premises.”

So far, no one has come forward to claim credit for the buffoonery.

Both the clown and Matt were surprised to see each other, said the witness, who works nearby.

“I was, like, totally freaked out,” Matt said.

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