We'll give this to stalkers: They are certainly persistent. But then, so are judges.
The man convicted of stalking Uma Thurman found that out today when he was arraigned on yet more charges of stalking the actress, as well as criminal contempt for violating the restraining order she was granted against him for his first round of illegal pursuit.
It was his latest misstep, however, that will go down in the history books as one of the most bumbling attempts at (crazed) fandom ever.
Jack Jordan, if you'll recall, proved his particular brand of ineptitude last fall, when he was busted more or less red-handed by cops. Officers turned up to his parents' Maryland home only to find the man mid-Google search for Thurman.
Kind of a no-no.
Also a no-no: his multiple phone calls to Thurman back in late October, which were made in the midst of his three-year probation. He was told that he should not, under any circumstances, attempt to contact the actress for five years.
However, despite all that, the 39-year-old former psychiatric patient actually managed to keep a straight face while pleading not guilty to the charges in court this morning. He was sent back to jail pending his next hearing date, which will take place in New York next Wednesday.
And it probably won't be the kind of preholiday celebration his family was hoping for. Jordan will face the same judge who warned him on his first violation that he would face almost certain jail time should he violate his probation.
UPDATE Dec. 22, 2010: A judge ordered Jordan held on $500,000 bond.
UPDATE Nov. 23, 2011: After admitting in court that he was "very guilty" of contacting Thurman despite the order of protection issued against him, Jordan was ultimately released after spending 11 months behind bars.
"He has been overprosecuted and overcharged here based on two non-threatening phone calls," his lawyer said in court.
As part of his release, he must complete a two-year psychiatric outpatient program and must return to live with his parents in Maryland.