HARRISBURG, PA (CBS) — Despite the conviction of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane on perjury and other charges this past week, a prominent Pennsylvania law professor still thinks it’s better that the Attorney General be an independent, elected official rather than a gubernatorial appointee.

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General didn’t become an elected official until 1980. A problematic AG appointed by a governor might be considerably easier to remove.

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But St. Vincent College law professor Bruce Antkowiak said an appointed Attorney General is not in a position to call out a rogue governor, he believes that makes an elected AG more valuable.

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“We’ve elected district attorneys in Pennsylvania forever, and in the main, those people are individuals who do respect that important, ethical core of the prosecutor function.”

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But Antkowiak said hopefully, the case of Kathleen Kane will call into focus the need for voters to carefully scrutinize elected prosecutors for integrity.