If this becomes the new standard for punishment, the country is likely to see a crime wave. A Massachusetts judge gave a criminal a fair chance by allowing him to use his new Nikes for bail.
A Framingham man told a Framingham District Court judge on Friday that he had no money to post bail, but he had something else he could give – shoes.
Jason Duval, 39, told Judge Douglas Stoddart he would provide the new Nike sneakers he got for Christmas, valued at around $85, in exchange for his release…
Framingham Police had arrested Duval at his 27 Henry St., apartment on Thursday on a Natick District Court warrant that originally charged him with two counts of possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class C substance and driving to endanger…
Duval said he was going through a divorce and had no money. Stoddart told Duval he didn’t trust him to release him without bail because the judge said he didn’t believe Duval would pay any money. He offered to send Duval to jail for a few days and then do away with the court costs, but Duval said he didn’t want that to happen.
“I’ll give you a chance to be creative,” said Stoddart. “If you can come up with a creative idea to convince me that you’ll come back, I’ll work with you.”
After a brief break, Duval offered up his new shoes. Stoddart took those as bail and told Duval he would get the sneakers back after he paid $100 in $25 weekly installments, beginning Jan. 13. The judge said he would also return the shoes if Duval did 10 hours of community service in that time frame.
Just going to go out on a limb, I’ll say Duval probably wasn’t wearing the freshest of Forces. Actually, I’d be surprised if he even had some Air Monarchs but more power to him for using his wits when the opportunity presented itself. The criming while white wave continues!