“Not Guilty, Demand Discovery, and Trial by Combat”

Pop into any courtroom in the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building (the state criminal courthouse here in Miami) while an arraignment is taking place and you will undoubtedly hear defense attorneys reciting: "We enter a plea of not guilty, your honor, demand discovery, and set the case for trial by jury." What you probably won't hear is "...and set the case for trial by combat."  But one lawyer in Staten Island, NY, did just that--he demanded a trial by combat after being sued for allegedly helping his client shelter money from a civil judgment. Wikipedia has an interesting historical recount of trial...

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