PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general is facing a retaliation lawsuit filed by career prosecutors who say she is using her office to wage a political feud over high-profile investigations and a raunchy government email ring.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane also names the Philadelphia Daily News and a reporter as defendants because of articles written about the dispute.

Plaintiffs Frank Fina, Marc Costanzo, Rick Sheetz and Frank Noonan worked as prosecutors in Kane's office before she was elected three years ago. Plaintiff Randy Feathers is a former investigator in the attorney general's Altoona office.

They accuse Kane of intimidation, retaliation and attempted blackmail.

A Kane spokesman says she hasn't reviewed the lawsuit but will vigorously defend herself.

The newspaper company declined comment.

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