Man faces 30 days jail for laughing out loud in New YorkBy Mason White 10:56 AM March 7, 2013
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A man was charged with disturbing the public related charges after he laughed out loud, according to court proceedings in New York.
The man, who lives in Long Island, New York, was charged by police police for laughing too loud inside his home.
Robert Schiavelli, 42, was recently handed to two summonses because his neighbor complained that he could hear his heartfelt laughter across the driveway.
“I did not know it was a crime to laugh through a window,” Schiavelli, who is considered disabled because he suffers from frequent seizures and neurological disorders, said.
Schiavelli laughs because he said his neighbor often makes fun of him because of his disability and his best defense is to laugh at him.
At the court hearing yesterday of, Long Island Judge William Croutier refused to dismiss the charges.
The incident is the result of an ongoing dispute between Schiavelli, his mother, Suzanne, and neighbor Daniel O’Hanian.
O’Hanian regularly mocks and ridicules Schiavelli about his disability, the mother and son said.
“He is intimidating Robert all the time calling him a retard and other names, Suzanne, 65, said.
After years of abuse, Suzanne taught her son to just laugh him off. Each summons carries a penalty of $250 or up to 15 days in jail.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view