Judge rules Moroun, Bridge Company officials no longer in contempt of court
Wayne County Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards lifted the civil contempt finding against the Ambassador Bridge owners today, saying they had been complying with his orders to turn the disputed Gateway project over to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The ruling means that bridge owners Manuel (Matty) Moroun, his son Matthew, and bridge company president Dan Stamper are no longer under threat of jailing and no longer are required to attend subsequent court hearings in the case. Two weeks ago, Edwards ordered MDOT to take control of the project from the bridge company after years of litigation. And in January, Edwards ordered the jailing of Moroun and top aide Dan Stamper for civil contempt of court for not obeying his orders to finish the project. The men spent one night in jail.