Matty Moroun, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, has had things his way for a long time. His money, distributed in the form of campaign contributions to Michigan lawmakers, helped him block attempts to build a publicly-owned bridge across the Detroit River to Canada earlier this year. His personal greed stood in the way of a project that many businesses see as vital to continuing trade between Canada and the U.S.
But his money didn't keep him out of jail. A judge Thursday ordered Moroun to jail for contempt of court because he hasn't complied with an agreement with the state of Michigan regarding construction of approaches to his existing bridge.
There may still be further delays, and his money may get him out of jail sooner than someone else. But still, it's nice to know that the court system is still just a little bit blind to money, that not every lever of power in our society is controlled by those with the most money.