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D.A. won't file criminal charges against Assemblyman Chris Norby in family disturbance

October 12, 2010 | 11:47 am

Criminal charges won't be filed against Assemblyman Chris Norby in an incident in which police were summoned to his home last month to investigate a disturbance between the former Orange County supervisor and his wife.

"We have declined to file that case due to lack of sufficient evidence," said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

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 arguing, said police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich.

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

"I didn't push anybody, she didn't push anybody; it was purely verbal," the assemblyman said in an interview last month.

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, Norby said.

Martha Norby's doctor had advised her not to be so active, and Chris Norby said he insisted that he pick up the children. He described the incident as an "animated discussion."

-- Raja Abdulrahim