The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has decided not to file domestic violence charges against Assemblyman Roger Hernández.
Investigators determined there was insufficient evidence for a conviction, spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.
Wednesday's announcement came nearly three months after a female acquaintance obtained a temporary protective order after complaining that the West Covina Democrat caused "visible injury" during a previous argument.
The woman's complaint to police and the alleged domestic violence occurred months apart. She told officers about the incident in late October when they were called to a West Covina restaurant in response to a nonviolent argument between the two.
About a week later, the allegation became a key element in a lawsuit filed on her behalf by high-powered attorney Gloria Allred. Hernández recently filed a court response denying any wrongdoing.
Allred's lawsuit said the two had dated each other for five months, during which he became "extremely controlling, jealous and manipulative."
Attorney Aldo Flores, representing Hernández, called the lawsuit "unsubstantiated, flat-out lies," adding, "I think it's a frivolous lawsuit designed for monetary gain."
Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to unveil his budget proposal at 10 a.m. today at the state Capitol, and Tuesday he gave a sneak preview, billing it as a "live-within-our-means" budget spending more on higher education and K-12 schools. He also suggested that advocates for state-subsidized child care and the court system wouldn't be happy with his numbers.
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"We (have) a very liberal environment under the 9th Circuit (Court of Appeals), and we have been held to a standard that no other prison system has been held to."
GOV. JERRY BROWN, talking Wednesday to The Bee's editorial board