An ongoing feud between a Long Island man and his neighbor reached a boiling point last month when the latter phoned the police to complain that the former was laughing too loudly.
"I didn't know it was a crime to laugh out a window," said Long Island resident Robert Schiavelli, 42, after receiving two tickets for "disturbing the peace," each of which carries a penalty of $250 or 15 days in jail.
Schiavelli, who lives with his mother due to neurological problems and frequent seizures, says his next-door neighbor Daniel O'Hanian regularly taunts him over his disability, and he uses laughter as a way to fight back.
Schiavelli's attorney, Andrew Campanelli, called the whole thing absurd. "My client faces 30 days in jail for laughing," he said. "I will never let him take a plea on this."
The judge who presided over Schiavelli's arraignment yesterday said he was "not so inclined" to throw the charges out. A second court date has yet to be scheduled.