A report released today by the former Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court found "no direct evidence" that state officials retaliated against a DCI agent who was eventually fired after reporting the Governor's vehicle speeding last April.
Gov. Terry Branstad previously asked for the independent review by Justice Louis Lavorato of the situation surrounding former DCI agent Larry Hedlund.
"I found no direct evidence that those who took part in the investigation and in the decision to terminate Mr. Hedlund's employment retaliated against him for his activities in reporting the speeding violation," the former Justice wrote in his independent review. "Nevertheless, I cannot and do not reach a conclusion on this issue because retaliation is seldom established directly but in most cases must depend on circumstantial evidence."
However, the former judge says his review does not go to the justification of the termination.
"I ... want to make it clear that this report in no way passes judgment on whether Mr. Hedlund's termination of employment was justified," Lavorato states in the report.
The judge does say the Governor's office played no role in the decision to terminate Hedlund.
"... I am convinced no one in the Governor's office directed or interfered with the Internal Affairs' investigation or took part in the decision to terminate Mr. Hedlund's employment," the report states.