Former Iowa high court justice will examine agent's firing

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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 am

IOWA CITY (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad appointed a former Iowa Supreme Court justice on Friday to independently review the firing of a criminal investigator who was removed from duty days after complaining about the governor's speeding vehicle.

Branstad asked former Chief Justice Louis Lavorato to examine the firing of Larry Hedlund, a special agent in charge with the Division of Criminal Investigation, and to report his findings publicly. The governor said he decided to pursue a review in an attempt to disprove Hedlund's accusation that his firing was in retaliation for complaining about the April 26 speeding incident.

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