A Long Island man is facing 30 days in jail for laughing in his own home, according to The Huffington Post. Forty-two-year-old Robert Schiavelli, who suffers from a mental disability, was cited twice for “disturbing the peace” due to his loud laughter.
What was he laughing at? Allegedly, Schiavelli’s neighbor regularly calls him derogatory names and as a way of dealing with the taunts, Schiavelli laughs them off.
Underlying most bad prosecutions are bad statutes. That is exactly the case here. Schiavelli was charged with acting “in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others.”