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O.C. district attorney investigating disturbance between Assemblyman Norby and his wife

September 29, 2010 |  6:31 pm

The Orange County district attorney is reviewing a case involving a family disturbance between Assemblyman Chris Norby and his wife to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

The case stems from a Sept. 2 incident in which Fullerton police were called to the couple's home by a deliveryman who overheard Norby and his fourth wife, Martha, in a verbal argument, said police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich.

Martha Norby said her husband had pushed her, Goodrich said.

"I didn't push anybody, she didn't push anybody, it was purely verbal," the assemblyman said Wednesday.

The couple, who have been married a year and a half and are expecting their first child in May, were arguing over who would pick up her three older children from school, said Norby, 60.

Martha's doctor had advised her not to be so active, and Norby insisted that he pick up the kids, he said. He said it was an "animated discussion."

Norby, who had been a longtime Orange County supervisor, was elected to the state Assembly in January after Assemblyman Mike Duvall resigned in the wake of a scandal that flared up after he was heard bragging about his sexual exploits with a female lobbyist. Duvall apparently was unaware his microphone was on.

Norby hasn’t been without his problems. In 2008, he admitted to wrongly using campaign funds to pay for a week's stay at a hotel while he was having marital problems. In 2005, a jury found Norby guilty of creating a hostile work environment for a female employee, but the decision was later reversed by an appeals court.

-- Raja Abdulrahim