COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man appearing before a Cook County judge on a stalking charge this week had an odd claim aimed at the judge.
"Take this down," Orlando Dunn told Judge Maria Kuriakos-Cecil. "That's my robe."
Dunn was apparently claiming ownership of Kuriakos-Cecil's black, judicial robe. Although scattered, muffled laughs echoed around the courtroom, the judge did not appear amused.
She stared at Dunn, a convicted stalker facing a new stalking charge, with a stern look, her lips pursed.
As he continued to ramble and insist he owned the flowing robe, the judge repeatedly warned Dunn that he should let his public defender do the talking.
"We plead not guilty, your honor," said the public defender, who tried to calm Dunn as he grew more agitated.
The Pilsen man was in court Thursday because he was arrested soon after his release from the Illinois Department of Corrections, where he served 18 months for stalking a woman, according to court records. He is accused of again stalking that woman.
Dunn, during his rambling statement to the judge, claimed the new accusations against him were false.
The judge ordered Dunn held without bail, and he was ushered back to the lockup by two deputies.