Ventura County man arrested over anti-Romney neon yard sign

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Steven Showers was recently convicted by a jury of eight misdemeanor code violations for refusing to remove a large flashing anti-Mitt Romney sign in front of his Newbury Park yard. Showers looks at the neon sign that he said is about ten feet high in Newbury Park, Calif., June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Ventura County Star, Joseph A. Garcia)

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Ventura County man who refuses to shut off an illegal, flashing-neon anti-Mitt Romney sign in his front yard has been arrested.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/11XErlY ) 59-year-old Steven Showers of Newbury Park was taken into custody after a hearing Monday.

Two weeks ago a jury convicted Showers of eight misdemeanor counts of having unlawful signs, illegal electrical connections and other code violations.

A judge released Showers on his own recognizance provided he shut off the 10-foot sign that reads “Romneys Racist Heart Dotcom” and “Save the GOP.” Showers refused.

In response to his conviction Showers added flag waving machines to the anti-Romney display. Showers, who said his mission is to defeat racism in the Republican party, is dressed in a robe that he said he has worn to court every time. “I never imagined that I would be in this position,” Showers said. “I had no idea that I’d be in court.”

He says the display falls under his First Amendment rights.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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