Man Gives Judge Nikes Instead of Cash for Bail
Broke and in the middle of a divorce, Jason Duval couldn't make bail, so he came up with an alternate solution
No money? No problem!
When Jason Duval couldn’t afford to pay bail, Framingham District Court Judge Douglas Stoddart challenged him to come up with an alternative method of payment. Duval’s offer? His brand-new Nikes.
Police arrested Duval, 39, on Thursday on an outstanding warrant for charges stemming from 2012, the MetroWest Daily News reports.
The charges, which included two counts of possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class C substance and driving to endanger, were set to be dismissed – provided Duval paid the $450 he owed in court costs.
But the Massachusetts man told the judge he was in the middle of a divorce and had no money to give.
Stoddart said he would waive the fees if Duval spent a few days in jail, but Duval didn’t want to do that. The judge said he didn’t trust Duval enough to release him without bail. So he presented Duval with another solution.
“If you can come up with a creative idea to convince me that you’ll come back, I’ll work with you,” Stoddart reportedly said.
And Duval did, offering up his most treasured possession: The sneakers he’d received for Christmas, valued at $85, a spokeswoman for the Framingham District Court clerk’s office confirmed to PEOPLE.
“Okay, we’ll take them,” Stoddart reportedly answered.
Duval will get his kicks back if he pays the court $100 over four weeks beginning Jan. 13 or completes 10 hours of community service in the same amount of time, according to MetroWest.