LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Former Nebraska Attorney General Paul Douglas, who had resigned in the wake of the Commonwealth Savings scandal, has died.
Liz Howerter, of Roper & Sons funeral home, said Tuesday that Douglas died Sunday in Lincoln. He was 85.
Commonwealth Savings failed in November 1983, while Douglas was attorney general. The Legislature later voted to impeach Douglas, saying he misrepresented payments he got from a Commonwealth executive.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that in May 1984 the Nebraska Supreme Court acquitted Douglas of impeachment charges, but seven months later he was convicted of lying to a legislative committee. That conviction was overturned.
The Nebraska Supreme Court then suspended Douglas’ law license, so he resigned a day after Christmas 1984.
He eventually regained his license and practiced law in Lincoln.