Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has decided to not prosecute former Orange County Supervisor and State Assemblyman Chris Norby, who was arrested on charges of suspected domestic abuse and child endangerment on March 12, 2012. His wife, Martha Norby, had called police and claimed that Chris Norby had pushed her. Norby was arrested by Fullerton police officers and released on $10,000 bond early the next morning. Police indicated that Martha Norby did not have any injuries related to the incident.
Chris Norby and his wife have one son together and Martha Norby has three children from a previous marriage. Mrs. Norby sought, and was granted, a temporary restraining order to keep Norby from seeing his three step-children. Chris and Martha have one son.
According to a report in the Orange County Register, District Attorney office Chief of Staff Susan Kang-Schroeder stated that the decision not to prosecuted was based upon “insufficient evidence”. The Register story also states that “Chris Norby filed for divorce March 20, records show. He cited “irreconcilable differences” and listed the date of their separation as March 12, the day of his arrest.”