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Branstad Says Criminal Investigator's Firing Fair And Just

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says the firing of a veteran criminal investigator was a ``fair and just'' decision that had nothing to do with the officer's complaint about Branstad's speeding vehicle.
 
Branstad on Thursday blasted Larry Hedlund for making what he called ``false accusations'' of retaliation.
Speaking at a news conference, the governor said Hedlund's attorney should release a 500-page investigative report so the public can know the full story of his firing.
 
Hedlund was fired Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Safety after a 25-year career, over what the department called disrespectful behavior.
Hedlund had been placed on paid administrative leave May 1, days after he filed a complaint about a high-speed pursuit involving Branstad's SUV traveling 90 mph.