Ex-California Assemblyman Chris Norby: Fullerton Cops Smeared Me With Arrest

Categories: Court, Politics

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Norby: Retaliation victim?
Following April 7 news that prosecutors declined to file criminal, domestic violence charges against him, former Orange County state Assemblyman Chris Norby--a longtime, vocal opponent of public employee unions--told his supporters that Fullerton Police Department officers, hellbent on a politically-motivated witch hunt, smeared him.

"I was treated with hostility and disdain by the arresting Fullerton police officers, and many have seen political motives based on my past and possible future activities," Norby wrote in a letter to his supporters. "There were no witnesses, no evidence [and] no case."

Police arrested the Republican politician in March after his wife claimed he'd committed repeated acts of domestic violence, including forcing her to have violent, non-consensual, sexual intercourse.

Orange County prosecutors reviewed Fullerton PD's request for charges, but determined they did not possess enough information to win a conviction against Norby, who filed for divorce from his wife after the arrest.

(See Matt Coker's report on the DA's decision HERE.)

In 2012, the former high school teacher, city councilman and county supervisor lost his Assembly seat to Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva.

He's not running in this election, but there's persistent speculation of a comeback campaign.

The extent of the public relations damage from the domestic violence controversies isn't known, but Norby is hoping he can move on.

"Someday this travesty will be completely behind us," he wrote.

Over the years, Norby and likeminded Libertarian-leaning political activists in Fullerton have repeated challenged what they see as excessive perks and pay for local cops, a stance that prompted angry retorts by police union members.

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DavidZenger
DavidZenger

waltersmall there is a difference between releasing information and shopping it. Do you think the cops call up a reporter for every domestic case arrest they make?

waltersmall
waltersmall

Mickey Rooney had 8 wifes...Norby has 4 ex's and is working on wife five. Chances are Norby could beat Rooney's record of 8....and when I say beat I mean to say surpass. 

Norby has married women from four different continents my best guess is the next one will be from Africa (no not a racial statement) maybe South Africa like the guy with springs for legs. 


Let me get this straight if the cops don't release the information about Norby's arrest it's a cover up but if they do release the info it's a smear job on Norby. Norby should stick to sleeping off drunken benders in city parks and goosing his secretaries.

DavidZenger
DavidZenger

Scott, I don't know what Norby means about "hostility and disdain" but it seems fairly clear that an employee of the FPD leaked the arrest to the media - just like they did in 2010. That has all the earmarks of a political vendetta against Norby: even after the charges are dropped (because of a total lack of evidence - to the contrary all the evidence points to physical abuse on the part of the wife), Norby gets all the backlash anyway.

FPOA mission accomplished.


If Norby decides to run for the Fullerton CC in 2014, watch the cop union PAC trot out his mug shot.

NGCoot
NGCoot

Norby is a nut-job. He needs help - I hope he gets it - or there will be more episodes like this - maybe worse.

atviflav
atviflav

He's lucky they didn't Kelly Thomas him.

Greg Cameron
Greg Cameron

I know they say you shouldn't judge folks based on looks. But if I were to put a face on a domestic violence participant, that would be it.

Jake Westenberg
Jake Westenberg

Don't conservatives believe its not rape or abuse if the 2 individuals are married? So obviously some dumb dumbs are going have a hard time believing that its any form abuse.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

Condolences and a word of advice to my fellow Republican, Mr. Norby.  Please do not incorrectly blame the Fullerton police for your arrest.  


The Fullerton cops were simply doing exactly what they are supposed to do.  Cops are not the arbitrators of justice; the courts are, and the court found that you were victimized, but not by cops.  Cops hand carry arrest warrants and legally detain the person named in the warrant.  To not do that would essentially render them useless and the alternative, witch-hunting mob rule, would be the conduct du jour.


Mr. Norby, law enforcement officers are the only street corner referees we have to guarantee we will remain civilized society.  They literally protect the rights of each of us individually, and all of us in the aggregate.  They are also imperfect mortals, just like the rest of us.


Mrt. Norby, you have my support insofar as your complaint about being maligned and falsely accused, but law enforcement has my support for doing what it was required to do under the circumstances.


Good luck, Mr.Norby.


Jim Gilchrist, The Minuteman Project

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jimgilchrist

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Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

Of course the cops are no friends of Norby's. He was associated with the libertarian-leaning Fullertonians who funded the recall.

Agnostic Libertarian
Agnostic Libertarian

Bingo, it is pretty well known the the Police Officers Union spent a lot of money to defeat Libertarian leaning officials in the past election. I know the fire fighters where not fans of Norby, but I have not talked with a Police officer about him.

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

It's entirely possible that both are true, i.e. that Norby's guilty of the abuse (it's not the first time he's been accused of it as I recall), and that the Fullerton cops were overeager to take him down.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

As a former member of the State Legislature, Mr. Norby should understand better than the average citizen that over the years the Domestic Violence Laws have been substantially tightened up to protect the battered spouse.  Don't know the facts of his case, but if he was arrested the Officers would either have accepted a citizens arrest from the wife, or had reasonable cause to believe the act had occured.  Reasonable cause is very circumstancial and in order to prosecute must be supported by additional investigation and evidence.  In this situation  the DA reviewed the case and felt the evidence needed for prosecution was not there.  The fault was not with the Officers who followed the law as it is written.  Norby should quit pointing the finger of blame and clean up his own life.   

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

Dear Readers,


The Fullerton Police Department is not at any fault in this case.  Mr. Norby's wife appears to possibly have filed fraudulent charges against him.  


The police officers were only doing what they are sworn to do:  carry out the demands of an arrest warrant.  Had the police done nothing and ignored enforcing the arrest warrant, then they would certainly be at fault by failing or refusing to do what they are supposed to do.


The real culprits in Mr. Norby's situation are the person who bore false witness against him, causing his arrest, and the newspaper reporters who blindly and foolishly pushed the story into the public as truth.  Journalism schools and news editors really should provide responsible guidance to the countless numbers of unqualified, unscrupulous, and incompetent "dirty" journalists who populate what was once a profession of integrity.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

sicsempertyr
sicsempertyr

Come on.  The guy looks like an older Woody Harrellson.  How could you say that ?

roman_archer
roman_archer

@jimgilchrist Oh fun! A round table discussion with Lou Dobbs Junior. Can we discuss narcissistic vigilantes?

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@jimgilchrist Thanks, Jim. If you'd like to provide a list of other OC politicians we should spare from covering when women allege they have committed crimes, just let us know. Love, Your Neighborhood Dirty Journalist.

Muhammed
Muhammed

@jimgilchrist  A bone to pick with journalists, who's only crime was accurately transcribing your words and deeds. Take some personal responsibility Gilchrist. You said all that stupid sh*t, You own it.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@MatthewTCoker @jimgilchrist  


Sorry, CokeHead, I'm busy posting in the L.A. Times, so I cannot reply.  However, you can take a number and I will get to you as soon as I can.


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Jim Gilchrist, The Minuteman Project


jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@Muhammed @jimgilchrist  I am right.  Deal with it.  


Oh, but, "you can't handle the truth!"


Gotta run.  L. A. Times beckons me.


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