Paul L. Douglas

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Paul L. Douglas
Attorney General of Nebraska
In office
GovernorJ. James Exon
Preceded byClarence A. H. Meyer
Succeeded byRobert M. Spire

Paul L. Douglas (September 19, 1927[1]– November 5, 2012[2]) was a Republican politician and served as Nebraska Attorney General from 1975 until his resignation in 1984.

Douglas, a graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law, was a local prosecutor in Lancaster County, Nebraska until he was elected state Attorney General in 1974. He was re-elected in 1978 and in 1982.[3]

In 1984, Douglas was impeached by the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature for "allegedly lying about his dealings with an insolvent bank (Commonwealth Savings Company of Lincoln) and failing to investigate the institution."[4] He was the only Nebraska official impeached in the 20th century. The Nebraska Supreme Court tried Douglas's impeachment and found him not guilty, allowing him to remain in office.[5]

He was later found guilty of felony perjury in state court, and resigned his office.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Clarence A. H. Meyer
Attorney General of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Robert M. Spire