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Mistress Ordered to Pay $5.8 Million
WNCT.com ^ | 09/10/2010 | Shantel Middleton

Posted on 09/10/2010 5:56:33 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

GREENVILLE, NC- A record making judgment has been made in a Pitt County Court. The woman who broke up a North Carolina couple's marriage has to pay $5.8 million. This is the second largest judgment ever made under the alienation of affection law. Judges are laying down the law, and we're seeing more of these multi-million dollar judgments being made.

When they moved to Greenville, she was a radiologist and he retired from the army. They took vows to love, honor, and obey, but when she was several months pregnant and her husband's former high school classmate came to visit-- his vows went out the window.

“She came down and helped my client paint her nursery and in the process she helped herself to my client's husband,” Cynthia Mills of Mills & Bryant.

She represented Lynn Arcara in the alienation of affection case she took to trial against Susan Pecoraro, a woman she once called her friend.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: affair; lawsuit; marriage; tort
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Ah, the old alienation of affection tort. You don't see that everyday. I don't know if any other state in the Union has such tort law anymore.

As the story later points out, the alleged home-wrecking hoochie-mama lives in MD, so she'll probably never pay a dime unless of course she's stupid enough to move to North Carolina.

1 posted on 09/10/2010 5:56:37 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand
Maybe so but the home wrecking B*tch is forever imprisoned.
2 posted on 09/10/2010 6:01:53 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: OldDeckHand

Yeah, but this will make marrying the ex-husband very sticky—he’ll be stuck out of state, too, which may be what the wife really wanted, anyway.


3 posted on 09/10/2010 6:02:12 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Cameras, cameras--never forget to bring your cameras)
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To: OldDeckHand

I believe that there are 9 states that still have the tort. My state of South Dakota is one.


4 posted on 09/10/2010 6:06:53 PM PDT by Myndbender1
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To: OldDeckHand

And what was the man’s punishment? The old “Blame it on Eve” game is still alive and well I see.


5 posted on 09/10/2010 6:11:36 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise
And what was the man’s punishment? The old “Blame it on Eve” game is still alive and well I see.

It's like hockey, "Third Man In" is a more serious penalty than straight fighting.
6 posted on 09/10/2010 6:13:24 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Outlaw Woman

It takes two to tango, dear.


7 posted on 09/10/2010 6:13:32 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: OldDeckHand

Dang.......that was an expensive piece.


8 posted on 09/10/2010 6:13:44 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I have a feeling God doesn’t see it that way.


9 posted on 09/10/2010 6:15:52 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise
It takes two to tango, dear.

Yes it does sweetheart but women have most of the power sexually. Men are weak and driven by animal instincts; as long as some tramp is out there flaunting it, men will go for it. It's inherent unless they are extremely grounded and as we see...most men are not.

10 posted on 09/10/2010 6:18:54 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: Myndbender1
"I believe that there are 9 states that still have the tort."

That many? Interesting. I wonder how often damages are awarded.

11 posted on 09/10/2010 6:23:36 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Paved Paradise
I have a feeling God doesn’t see it that way.

Sure he does, "What God hath joined, let no man put asunder."
12 posted on 09/10/2010 6:24:49 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Outlaw Woman

OMG. This has to be the most hilarious thing I have heard anyone say (write) in a long, long time. You have just insulted a lot of decent and faithful men. Men are not animals. If you think so, then you need to find better company.


13 posted on 09/10/2010 6:25:09 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Squantos

Yeh, but tigger paid a bit more.


14 posted on 09/10/2010 6:25:55 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: Outlaw Woman

(crickets chirping)


15 posted on 09/10/2010 6:28:02 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: Dr. Sivana

The Jezebel did not have sex with herself. The man was not forced to have sex. Was he raped? Was he blackmailed into sex? Unbelievable. Look, I heard a story about a woman who got a judgment against the gal who was having an affair with her husband AFTER the husband put a halt to it. The sleaze kept calling him and pursuing him and virtually stalking him. Now that scenario made sense to me. From what I gather, this was not the case here. I don’t know details of the case but I have never ever been able to figure out why the woman gets the blame. So, if a man pursues me while I am married and I cheat on my husband, is it the man’s fault or mine? Sheesh. People need to be held accountable for their actions. I have never heard of a case where an adulterer was forced into adultery. EVER.


16 posted on 09/10/2010 6:28:21 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: SgtHooper

???????


17 posted on 09/10/2010 6:29:46 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

Really? Let a man go out and let some attractive bimbo tempt him and watch what happens. Most men are weak sexually. I don’t know what you base your opinion on but apparently you haven’t observed society. Perhaps you believe your little world is secure? hmmmmm


18 posted on 09/10/2010 6:30:26 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: OldDeckHand

NC has “permanent alimony” too. My husband has been divorced from his ex for 20 years and she gets 2/3 of his military retirement pay FOREVER. 1/3 is considered “division of retired pay” and the court ordered “permanent alimony” on top of that to the max allowable garnishment by law, 66% of his total retired pay.


19 posted on 09/10/2010 6:31:37 PM PDT by callthemlikeyouseethem (Biden10/19/08: "I probably shouldn't have said all this because.. the press is here")
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To: OldDeckHand

....”his vows went out the window. “

Sounds like HIS problem.


20 posted on 09/10/2010 6:34:48 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Well, let’s see now... Outlaw Woman... with the guns and jets on your profile. You are obviously very negative about men. I can imagine several reasons why but you make one most obvious, which is that your own experiences have shown you that (in you words) “men are weak sexually” men are really nothing more than “animals” and given to animal instincts. You also imply that a man is going to be unfaithful the minute an “attractive bimbo” (your words) tempts him.

I’ll repeat what I said a moment ago. I am glad I don’t know the men you know. I am glad I don’t think like you do. I have had two dear friends divorce because their husbands left them for other women. I see what everyone sees - Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, and a host of other people but these are not the majority of men that I know.

And I don’t appreciate the little snotty comment about my world being secure. I do believe my world is secure. After 22 years of marriage and two years of courtship/engagement, I think I know my man.

P.S. As for attractive bimbo, more often than not I have noted that the men who often do cheat do so with far less attractive women than they are married to so that sortof blows the attractive bimbo hypothesis of yours.


21 posted on 09/10/2010 6:38:42 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: callthemlikeyouseethem
"My husband has been divorced from his ex for 20 years and she gets 2/3 of his military retirement pay FOREVER."

She never remarried, eh? Even if she moves in with someone - which can be tough to prove - on a permanent basis, generally that can be ground for cessation of alimony.

Maybe you should sign her up on matchmaker.

22 posted on 09/10/2010 6:41:27 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: SgtHooper

LMAO !.....yep.


23 posted on 09/10/2010 6:52:21 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Paved Paradise

I believe 67% cheat.


24 posted on 09/10/2010 7:12:08 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: Paved Paradise; Outlaw Woman

“I have had two dear friends divorce because their husbands left them for other women.”

PP, I think you just made OW’s point.

Besides that, guns and jets are cool. F4 Phantoms for sure!!


25 posted on 09/10/2010 7:13:00 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: freedomfiter2

What are you? An actuary? There is no way that that is even close. I’ll tell you why I believe this is wrong. I have seen some bogus stats about up to 60% of men but I liken it to the same crapola stats about the divorce rate being 50%. Here’s why? And I’ve heard some very good minds explain it too. They keep dumping in the same idiots. So, let’s take Mr. Tiger Woods here... he marries and cheats on his wife; he marries again and cheats on his next wife; he marries again and cheats again... etc. etc. etc. Or maybe he’s just a serial cheater. They will count this each time. Meanwhile, it’s just one idiot.

They do this with divorce. The same dummies are divorcing over and over. I have a cousin who has been married four times. Her last marriage was in July of 2009. She divorced #4 in March or April of 2010. She was already dating prospective #5 by June (not even a full year later). But she’ll show up in the stats as four divorces, as if four different people were divorced. Meanwhile, who do you think is marrying her? Yep, guys who also have multiple marriages. Except for the first one, they were all divorced.

Just had to bring it up.


26 posted on 09/10/2010 7:19:04 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: OldDeckHand

LOL. Now there’s some practical advice.


27 posted on 09/10/2010 7:20:10 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Outlaw Woman
Men are weak and driven by animal instincts; as long as some tramp is out there flaunting it, men will go for it.

You must be reading a Koran instead of burning one.

Pass out the Burkas, quick.

28 posted on 09/10/2010 7:20:40 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: davetex

Do you think I only have two friends? I did not make her point. Maybe jets and guns are cool, but her views on men are not only uncool they are just flawed. My gut is she had a very bad (or several very bad) experiences with men in her own personal life - father, husband, etc. and so like some she just sees the whole world from her sad little vantage point. It’s like the two kids who go to the barn stall with poop. One just sees the poop; the other is looking for the pony.


29 posted on 09/10/2010 7:22:29 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: seowulf

LOL.


30 posted on 09/10/2010 7:25:20 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Outlaw Woman

I just noted that DaveTex posted you and I replied to him and didn’t share, so here’s my comment to him:

Do you think I only have two friends? I did not make her point. Maybe jets and guns are cool, but her views on men are not only uncool they are just flawed. My gut is she had a very bad (or several very bad) experiences with men in her own personal life - father, husband, etc. and so like some she just sees the whole world from her sad little vantage point. It’s like the two kids who go to the barn stall with poop. One just sees the poop; the other is looking for the pony.


31 posted on 09/10/2010 7:30:29 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: davetex

And you are/were a cheating spouse? Yes/No? I mean since OW is right.


32 posted on 09/10/2010 7:31:23 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

Me? No, I happen to have the sweetest most loving wife any man could ever hope for. She is exceptional.

I’m just saying men and women stray sometimes. It happens.


33 posted on 09/10/2010 7:44:51 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: davetex

Dave, I agree that men and women can and do stray. Obviously, no one has been saying not, but this girl is saying all men are animals and sexually weak and that is just not true. There is a guy somewhere here on FR who hates women. I can’t recall his screen name. He is filled with vitriol against women. I am starting to think these two were married or something. It’s like the ying and yang. Of course, men and women are flawed. We are all sinners, but it really insults men.

As for me, I have a darling husband and I think he’d echo your sentiments as well. In fact I know it. It’s hard to believe but he will still wake up sometimes and say, “How’s my beautiful bride this morning?” LOL. Cracks me up. He’s a gem. Not perfect but a gem all the same. As for me, I’m not perfect either of course but I’d like to think he thinks I’m special.

P.S. You did not have to answer such a personal question about your fidelity, but I know a lot of great men - I mean really good guys and I am, frankly, a little sick of the man-bashing that goes on now; it’s rampant.


34 posted on 09/10/2010 7:51:59 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

Sounds like you have a great husband, and he has a great wife. I still think OW was speaking in general terms, and not slamming all men.

Hey, we’re somewhat tough/rugged/thick skinned. It’ll all be alright. Yes?


35 posted on 09/10/2010 8:18:22 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: Paved Paradise

First, I certainly don’t think the guy is any kind of innocent. Second, my point would work whether it was a tart interfering with the husband, or the milkman interfering with the wife.

Adultery is bad enough, and it is less likely to happen if there are enforced penalties against those who approach marriages and break them up.

It is also understood that there is a special onus on those who initiate the temptation. The tort is on the books, the perpetrator of the tort is found liable, and the only innocent party gets compensated by one of the guilty parties. It would probably do no good to fine the fellow who is guilty as well, since he is supposed to be supporting the household in the first place.


36 posted on 09/10/2010 8:23:56 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: OldDeckHand
She came down and helped my client paint her nursery

So that's what the kids are calling it these days.

37 posted on 09/10/2010 8:32:44 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Pardon him...he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe ... are the laws of nature)
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To: Outlaw Woman

There is no such thing as a homewrecking birch. The homewrecker was the unfaithful husband.


38 posted on 09/10/2010 8:46:26 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Not on the planet where I live. This whole “men are animals who can’t control themselves” thing is just giving them a credit card to behave badly. Not all men are like Bill Clinton.


39 posted on 09/10/2010 8:50:50 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Paved Paradise

Yes, that has surprised me as well — I’ve seen men running around with very average women and thought that their wives at home must be dogs — only to later find that their wives were gorgeous.


40 posted on 09/10/2010 9:36:07 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: OldDeckHand

Ah, North Carolina. If there’s a weird, outdated legal doctrine, we have it. Hell, we only abolished the Rule in Shelley’s Case and the Doctrine of Worthier Title about 30 years ago.

We’re also one of the last states to apply contributory negligence, though the legislature is considering going to comparative now. It’s a shame, since I actually kind of like contrib.


41 posted on 09/10/2010 9:44:19 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: OldDeckHand
As the story later points out, the alleged home-wrecking hoochie-mama lives in MD, so she'll probably never pay a dime unless of course she's stupid enough to move to North Carolina.

Actually, I would be surprised if a Maryland court did not enforce it. The exceptions to the Full Faith and Credit Clause are narrow, and a Maryland court is generally bound to enforce a judgment rendered in an NC court.

It would have to be repugnant to Maryland's public policy to enforce the judgment for the Maryland court to properly refuse to enforce it. In all the case law I've ever seen, the mere fact that the enforcing state does not recognize the underlying tort is not in itself enough to make the judgment repugnant to that's state's public policy.
42 posted on 09/10/2010 9:54:44 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: OldDeckHand

I have since checked, and there are 7 states that still allow it. There have been some significant awards and settlements in South Dakota, but none as large as this.


43 posted on 09/10/2010 10:27:27 PM PDT by Myndbender1
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To: Outlaw Woman

Not most, some and you’re making excuses for them.


44 posted on 09/11/2010 5:21:03 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

No excuses are being made. It’s a lack of control from each gender and it’s disgusting. Some men are able to control themselves but all men have that nature.


45 posted on 09/11/2010 6:26:13 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: Paved Paradise
It's pretty lame to attack personally and there is no reason for it. It does show that you are particularly defensive about this subject.
46 posted on 09/11/2010 7:08:44 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: Paved Paradise

You’re right about the divorce statistics. I recently read a survey that stated that 67% of men and 37% of women cheat at least once in their lives.


47 posted on 09/11/2010 8:04:32 AM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: Paved Paradise
I don't know about you, but this Eve is sick and tired of a cultured that glorifies predatory homewrecking whores, whether it is Ryelle Hunter, Cindy McCain or Julia Roberts.

There are two women in this equation, but it doesn't have to be that way all the time. A man who goes after married women would face the same tort, so there's no discrimination going on.

And wouldn't you jsut love to see Jennie Standford be able to drag the Puta de Argentina into court on such a charge, and make Mark Standford look all the more idiotic?

48 posted on 09/11/2010 8:37:57 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Cameras, cameras--never forget to bring your cameras)
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To: Paved Paradise
And what was the man’s punishment? The old “Blame it on Eve” game is still alive and well I see.

No kidding. She's certainly culpable but the man who broke his vows busted up the marriage, not her.

HOw does the saying go.....you can't cheat an honest man.

49 posted on 09/11/2010 9:02:10 AM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Paved Paradise; pissant

His name is “pissant”


50 posted on 09/11/2010 9:10:40 AM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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