The Michigan Court of Appeals on Monday said a local judge was in his rights to jail the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, Manuel “Matty” Moroun, and his lieutenant for contempt, but the duo needs more specifics about what they must do to go free.
The three-judge panel ruled that Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards must specify what Moroun and Detroit International Bridge Co. President Dan Stamper must do to show the company has done its share on the $230 million Gateway Project, according to the Detroit Free Press. The DIB is expected to build an elevated access to the bridge from from I-75 and I-96 on the southwest side of Detroit.
Edwards sent Moroun and Stamper to jail on Jan 12 for flouting Edwards’ orders to complete the project for the past year. The citation said that the two would remain in jail “until the [Gateway Project] ramp work meets the court's satisfaction.” They were released some 36 hours later pending appeal.
The appeals court said Edwards was within his power to send them to jail, and could order them back behind bars until he can draft a more specific order. Edwards has scheduled a hearing on Thursday.