In Michigan
6:43 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Court: Release bridge executives from jail

DETROIT –

The Michigan appeals court has ordered the release of Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun and his top business associate after a night in jail for contempt.

The one-page decision was released Friday, a day after lawyers for Moroun and Dan Stamper were turned down on their first appeal.

Moroun and Stamper were sent to jail Thursday as punishment for their company being found in contempt of court. The dispute centers on a major construction project that is supposed to connect the international bridge to area interstates.

Wayne County Judge Prentis Edwards says Detroit International Bridge Co. repeatedly failed to follow his orders to work with the state of Michigan and get the Gateway Project done.