Deuel County Attorney suspended

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The Nebraska Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Deuel County Attorney Doug Palik for one year, raising questions about whether he'll continue as prosecutor for the western Nebraska county.

In a ruling issued Friday, the state's high court said Palik had mishandled the administration of a woman's estate and lied for months to cover his incompetence and procrastination in the case.

Palik faces a year of supervisory probation following his suspension and must repay $60,000 plus interest spent by heirs of the estate to correct Palik's failings in the case.

Palik declined to comment Friday on his suspension or his future as Deuel County's prosecutor.

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