Matty Moroun, Dan Stamper released from Wayne County Jail

Judge had thrown two in jail as punishment for company's contempt of court

DETROIT - The Michigan Court of Appeals 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.

"I love our country. Best country in the world," said Moroun outside of the jail. "I love my family. I will be happy to be with them. There is not a country like ours. We better fight hard for it."

READ: Michigan Appeals Court ruling on Moroun, Stamper

READ: Moroun emergency motion for appeal

Moroun and bridge company executive Dan Stamper were sent to jail Thursday as punishment for the 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.

Stamper and the 84-year-old Moroun wanted to be released while a full appeal can be pursued.

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.

READ: Transcript from Moroun hearing 1/12/12

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