In the annals of New Jersey justice, nothing resembles the tale of Warren Matthei, who stayed in prison for 10 years for not paying debts, including an $85,000 legal bill.

Matthei, 55, is a Summit, N.J., stockbroker turned deadbeat-dad who insisted he had no means to pay but failed to convince judges he was telling the truth. So they continued to hold him on a rare writ of medieval origin, capias ad satisfaciendum.

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