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Man jailed for refusing to turn off neon anti-Romney sign

By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   July 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

A 59-year-old man was arrested Monday for refusing to turn off a neon sign that read "Romney's Racist Heart dot com."

Steven Showers, who put up the 14-foot sign last August in front of his house in Newbury Park, Calif., was convicted of eight misdemeanor zoning code violations for the sign.

A judge had given Showers until 5 p.m. on June 26 to unplug the display, but he refused to do so during a hearing at Ventura County Superior Court on Monday.

He was then remanded to the Ventura Country Jail, until his next hearing on July 15. Bail was set at $5,000.

Last year, Showers told the Ventura County Star that he was "stunned to find out that the Mormon religion is a white supremacist, anti-black, racist ideology."

He erected his sign and created RomneysRacistHeart.com to document his legal battles with county officials.

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