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Former Assemblyman Norby won't be charged in abuse allegations

Former state Assemblyman Chris Norby will not be charged with domestic violence or child endangerment after his March 12 arrest at his Fullerton home.

It marks the second time that Norby has escaped criminal charges in a domestic dispute.

Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the Orange County district attorney's office, confirmed Tuesday that the district attorney's  office will not be filing charges due to insufficient evidence.

The 64-year-old political figure, who has served as Fullerton's mayor, a county supervisor and a state legislator, has twice been investigated for abusive behavior after reports lodged by his wife.

Last month, he was booked and released on $10,000 bail after his wife summoned Fullerton police. Norby denied the charges and said he was the victim in a family dispute.

Norby denied similar charges in 2010 and the district attorney's office declined to pursue a criminal case.

In a Monday email to friends, family and supporters, quoted by the Orange County Register, Norby wrote:

“My arrest was totally unjustified. There was no evidence, there were no witnesses.

"I was treated with disdain and hostility by those sworn to protect me. Many of you have impugned political motives based on my past and potential future political activities.

"In the end, however, a thorough investigation and interviews by the D.A.'s office served the interest of justice."

Two days after last month's incident, Norby's wife filed for a restraining order. Days after that, Norby filed for divorce.



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