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Laughing matter? Man gets ticketed twice, for laughing...in his home, report says

Robert Schiavelli, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., holds copies of the tickets he was issued for laughing too loudly
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(CBS/AP) ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. - He who laughs loudest...lands in court?

A Nassau County man doesn't think it's funny at all that he was ticketed - twice - for laughing in his own home, CBS New York reports.

Robert Schiavelli, 41, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., received two summonses for laughing.

Hard to believe?

According to CBS New York, Schiavelli says he was laughing at his next-door neighbor who reportedly taunts him and calls him names. Schiavelli, who suffered from seizures as a child and has neurological impairments, said his neighbor, Daniel O'Hanian, often taunts him about to his disability, and that he learned to deal with it by laughing it off.

Recently, Schiavelli laughed out an upstairs window, where he said O'Hanian had been staring at him, the station reported. Police responded to Schiavelli's home on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 after O'Hanian complained of hearing him laugh across the driveway.

No kidding.

Schiavelli received two summonses for disturbing the peace: "Acting in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others."

"I think it's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of in my life," Schiavelli said.

At his arraignment on Tuesday, a judge declined to dismiss the charges.

Schiavelli's attorney, Andrew Campanelli, said he is filing a motion to have the tickets, which he calls - yes, "laughable" - dismissed on the grounds that Rockville Centre's ordinance about disturbing the peace is "unconstitutionally vague," CBS New York reports.

But, as it stands now, Schiavelli could face up to 30 days in jail and $500 in fines - so it's not really a laughing matter.

  • Crimesider Staff

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