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Disabled man is cited for disturbing the peace by laughing too loudly


A disabled man in Rockville Centre, N.Y., says he has learned to laugh off a neighbor’s taunts about his neurological impairments.

But that created a new problem for Robert Schiavelli, 42, who has been issued two summonses for laughing too loudly in the Long Island home he shares with his mother and disturbing the peace, reports the New York Post. He was cited at about 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13.

It’s absurd,” said attorney Andrew Campanelli. “My client faces 30 days in jail for laughing.”

A judge on Tuesday declined to dismiss the charges at Schiavelli’s arraignment. Campanelli vows that his client will not take a plea.

A Daily Mail article includes a photo of the two homes at issue in the case. Their driveways are adjacent.

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