California man Steven Showers was arrested after a hearing on Monday over a continuous dispute concerning the 14-foot tall neon anti-Mitt Romney sign standing in his front yard.
The massive sign displays flashing URL for a website that argues the Latter-day Saint faith is racist, surrounded by smaller text that reads “Save the GOP.” Flashing red lights and spinning American flags also surround the sign.
According to the LA Times, the 56-year-old man spent $2,000 to have the sign custom-made and hoisted above his lawn with a crane.
A jury finally convicted Showers last month of eight misdemeanor counts of having unlawful signs, illegal electrical connections and other code violations. Though Showers had ample time to comply with the court and a judge offered him quick release if he removed the sign, Showers refused to do so.
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"I never imagined that I would be in this position," Showers said, dressed in a brown robe that looks much like a religious habit. "I had no idea that I'd be in court."
Showers said if the court forced him to remove the sign, it would in effect strip him of his First Amendment rights. He also defended the sign as his weapon in destroying racism within the Republican party.
Showers’ bail has been set at $5,000 and a court date is scheduled for July 15.