Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog, not a weatherman, but for over 100 years crowds have gathered in Pennsylvania to get his predictions for winter. Based on if he sees his shadow, winter will either be super long, or short and swift.
Clearly no one should be taking advice from a groundhog, but a prosecutor in Ohio is so fed up with the snowy winter (and Puxotony Phil’s lies) that he’s filed a lawsuit against the rodent.
On Feb. 2, Phil –looking very tired of his day job—didn’t see his shadow which generally means that an early spring is on the horizon. Spring arrived last Wednesday (March 20), but that hasn’t stopped the East Coast from being blanketed by a snowy mess. Temperatures in parts of Ohio are expected to remain in the mid-to-late 30s, until this weekend.
As such, Bulter County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser brought charges against the fury (alleged) criminal for lying to America. “Punxutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe spring would come early,” Gmoser wrote in his indictment. He is calling that Phil be executed.
Phil has been charged with “misrepresentation of spring” thus committing a felony “against the peace and dignity in the state of Ohio.”
Bill Deelery, president of the Punxsutawney club, revealed that Phil does have a lawyer, and plans on fighting the litigation. However, being that he’s not a human being, there’s a good chance that Phil could care less about the indictment—or how long winter lasts.