The leadership of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General uses fear, paranoia and retaliation to keep staffers in line and punish dissenters, according to lawsuits and sources familiar with the office.

In the past six months, a series of lawsuits against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her office have alleged ­various forms of retaliation against employees. The lawsuits and interviews with numerous members of the OAG, both current and former, describe a persistent culture of intimidation in which those close to Kane are protected, regardless of their transgressions, while other OAG employees who run afoul of Kane or her confidants are disciplined, demoted or fired.

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