Tort Law

DA Sues Family Law Lawyer over Alleged Affair, Claims Alienation of Affection


A prosecutor slated to become president of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys has filed an alienation of affection suit against another lawyer who is the godmother to her children.

Johnston County, N.C., District Attorney Susan Doyle alleges her neighbor and one-time friend, Christi Stem, had an affair with Doyle’s husband, according to the Raleigh News & Observer, NBC17.com and WTVD. Stern is a family law lawyer in Smithfield.

The suit alleges that Doyle and Stern had been friends for 17 years, and Doyle confided in her about marital problems in 2008 and 2009. The suit alleges Stern sent emails to Doyle’s husband, Michael, in 2010 that expressed a romantic interest, leading to a sexual relationship, according to WTVD.

Doyle and her husband are now separated, the News & Observer says.

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