Noted NC Prosecutor Explains Lawsuit Over Husband’s Affair


Johnston County, N.C., District Attorney Susan Doyle explains to the Raleigh News & Observer why she filed a lawsuit against Christi Stem, her best friend and godmother of her two children, for having an affair with Doyle’s husband, Michael. Said Doyle, 42: “As a prosecutor, for years, I’ve met with victims. Often, they don’t want to go forward with their case, don’t want to confront their perpetrator. They don’t want to go through the pain and difficulty. [] I tell them that it is painful and it is difficult and it is important. I don’t know how I can have any credibility if I’m not willing to do the same thing.”

“I have no idea why she [filed the case]” said state Rep. Leo Daughtry of Smithfield, a Republican and longtime booster of Doyle. “If she had asked me, I would have told her not to do it. Ever. I don’t know why anyone would want to air their dirty laundry.” In the coming year, Doyle will stand on a statewide stage as president of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys. Peg Dorer, executive director of the district attorneys’ group, said of the lawsuit, “Well, that’s her personal life and her business. I certainly have concerns about whether she will have the time to devote to the presidency.”

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