Iowa high court to hear appeal on key issue in lawsuit brought by fired investigator

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court will hear an appeal in a lawsuit brought by an investigator who was fired after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding SUV.

The court this month granted former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry Hedlund's request to appeal a key ruling while the rest of the case is on hold.

At issue is whether the state should have a public policy that protects police officers from losing their jobs for trying to enforce the law.

Judge Dennis Stovall ruled in September that while Hedlund had an obligation to enforce traffic laws, that is "too vague and general" of a public policy to qualify for added legal protections. He noted that Hedlund has other job safeguards, including the ability to appeal his firing administratively.

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