Judge’s response when man offers to pay bail with his Nikes

How this for a kick?

A Massachusetts man is free on bail after posting bail with a pair of Nike sneakers he got as a Christmas present.

Jason Duval, was facing a $450 bill in court costs for two counts of possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class C substance and driving to endanger stemming from a 2012 incident.

He had agreed to pay the $450 in court costs in order to have the charges dismissed, but he never did, resulting in his arrest on a warrant on New Year’s Day, Metro West Daily News reported.

Photo credit Framingham Police Department.

Duval told the court he was broke due to a recent divorce, so Judge Douglas Stoddart of Framingham District Court gave him an alternative.

“I’ll give you a chance to be creative,” Stoddart said. “If you can come up with a creative idea to convince me that you’ll come back, I’ll work with you.”

Duval, who had nothing to lose, decided to “Just Do It.”

After a recess the defendant offered a pair of $85 Nike sneakers that he received as a Christmas present.


“OK, we’ll take them,” the judge said.

Stoddard originally offered Duval the opportunity to spend a few days in jail in order to have the court costs waived, but Duval declined.

He’ll get the sneakers back if he pays off $100 in $25 weekly installments beginning Jan. 13, or performs 10 hours of community service, the Metro West Daily News reported.

The offer of the sneakers was enough for the judge to believe Duval wouldn’t run from the law this time.

Because, after all, how can he run without his sneakers?

Carmine Sabia


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