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Firing of Iowa trooper upheld

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A judge has upheld the firing of an Iowa state trooper who e-mailed mug shots of criminal suspects wearing T-shirts supporting the election of Barack Obama as president. 

The Iowa State Patrol fired 49-year-old Rodney Hicok of Webster City in May 2009. The firing came after two more incidents: He used state equipment to print a racially tinged joke, and he used a state computer to show other troopers a video titled "Wetback English." 

Hicok's attorney says they are planning an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.  Hicok had worked 28 years for the Iowa Department of Safety.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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