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Judge accepts pair of Nike shoes instead of cash bail

By Mason White 11:14 AM January 4, 2015
Mahesh Sarin 

By: Wayne Morin
A man managed to stay out of jail by handing over his Nike shoes to the court instead of cash.

Jason Duval, 39, of Framingham, Massachusetts, offered to hand over his Nike shoes he received as a gif.

Judge Douglas Stoddart agreed to take the new Nike shoes that are worth about $85 in exchange for his release.

The incident began when the Framingham Police arrested Duval in his apartment located at 27 Henry Street on Thursday, on an outstanding warrant.

The arrest warrant was issued after Duval was charged with two counts of possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class C substance and driving to endanger.

Those charges would have been dismissed if he paid the court fees. However, when he failed to pay the $450 in court costs, an arrest warrant was issued and Duval was arrested.

In court, Duval told the judge that he was going through a divorce and had no money. Judge Stoddart did not want to release him without posting bail as he had not paid his outstanding fees.

The judge offered to send Duval to jail for a few days and drop the fine, but Duval said he did not want that to happen.

“I’ll give you the opportunity to be creative,” the judge said. “If you can come up with a creative idea to convince me that you will come back to court then I’ll work with you,” he added.

After a short break, Duval offered his new Nike shoes. Stoddart took those as security. Duval will get the shoes back after he pays his fine in weekly installments of $25.