Michigan DOT won the latest round in the longrunning court battle over the US Gateway plaza project. Wayne Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards, without hearing any new evidence on the state of construction, reiterated previous rulings he'd made that the bridge company was in contempt of court for not followings orders he'd made on demolitions and construction in the Gateway area.
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) continued to insist in court in Detroit this week that the Ambassador Bridge company executives are defying court orders to remove non-conforming structures and should be jailed for contempt of court. Wayne County Judge Prentis Edwards sent bridge company president Dan Stamper to jail in January for contempt.
Dan Stamper president of the Ambassador Bridge company has been ordered to personally attend a Wayne County Circuit Court hearing July 7 for a possible contempt of court sentence. Stamper was jailed briefly in January, but could be put behind bars longer this time. Heavy fines are also possible.
The contempt of court case brought against the Ambassador Bridge company by Michigan DOT will be ruled on by Judge Prentis Edwards on January 10. Testimony in the case in Wayne County Circuit Court finished up today. The Judge asked both sides for a summary of their case to be submitted by Jan 4 - maximum length ten pages, but he didn't specify minimum font size.