The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a former Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial director against the city.

The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports that the appeals court rejected Gary Craig's motion last week.

Craig was charged with felonious misconduct in 2010, but those charges were dismissed by a judge after the state couldn't prove its case. Craig then sued, saying the false allegations and charge damaged Craig's reputation.

A Linn County District Court dismissed the lawsuit, and Craig appealed.

The appeals court found that probable cause existed to arrest Craig, so he could not have been falsely arrested or maliciously prosecuted. The appeals court also ruled that any alleged defaming statements made against him were protected speech.