Robert Schiavelli, a disabled 42 years old Long Island man, has been hit with two summonses for laughing too loudly in his own home after a neighbor complained to cops about it. “I didn’t know it was a crime to laugh out a window,” Robert Schiavelli, who has frequent seizures and suffers from neurological impairments, told the Post.
Schiavelli has been charged with acting “in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others.” Schiavelli and his mother claim that the neighbor, Daniel O’Hanian, regularly taunts and ridicules Schiavelli about his disability. “He tries to intimidate Robert” by calling him “a retard’’ said 65-year mom Suzanne, who added her son “has learned to laugh at him.” What happened to anti-bullying and ADA laws?
Each ticket carries with it a $250 penalty, or 15 days in jail, so that is 30 DAYS IN JAIL FOR LAUGHING. Caning is a widely used form of legal corporal punishment in Singapore and I heard it will be instituted in America for loud laughter.
Bloomberg is the Mayor so this could explain some stuff. After the smokes, the cokes and the calories, we kept asking what next. Now we have it: it is laughter! We could have guessed since he is a bit of a deadpan himself (Pince-sans-rire).
It also appears that Judges have no right to laugh either: Vince A. Sicari is the municipal judge of South Hackensack. He is also a stand-up comedian at such renowned spots as Caroline’s on Broadway in New York City and warming up the audiences of the “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show.”
On the bench, the Honorable Sicari presides at twice-monthly sessions of the South Hackensack municipal court’s docket of mostly traffic violations and misdemeanors. He is addressed as Your Honor. On stage, he is the occasionally brash “Vince August.” You can address him as Your Humor. I heard he maybe just as punishing on the stage as he is on the bench!
Just as a Judge can’t be Judged by his black robe….
You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover (Desperate Housewives, 77th episode; George Elliot's "The Mill on the Floss" (1860) as Mr. Tulliver dixit, etc.
Could a judge be a comedian? That is the question in this comedy of errors. The powers at be must legislate, deliberate and pontificate about this very serious matter of National Security!
The Joking Judge is now appealing to NJ’s highest court and he believes: