Punxsutawney Phil indicted for misleading the public
The hoodwinking groundhog is charged with misrepresentation of early spring, a felony against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio.
Fri, Mar 22 2013 at 10:36 AM
On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil promised us that spring would be springing shortly. But rather than daffodils and chirping birds flitting about blooming branches, the first day of spring brought a foot of snow to the Northeast and frigid temperatures to much of the rest of the country. And the winter-weary masses aren’t taking it lightly.
Michael T. Gmoser, for one, is doing something about it.
"I woke up this morning and the wind was blowing, the snow was flying, the temperatures were falling, and I said 'Punxsutawney, you let us down,' " Gmoser, a prosecutor in Butler County, Ohio, told CNN affiliate WXIX.
And thus, Gmoser filed a criminal, tongue-in-cheek “indictment" against the meteorologist mammal, who emerges each winter to predict whether spring will arrive early or if chilly days will ensue. He is being charged with misrepresentation of early spring, an unclassified felony against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio.
"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause people to believe that Spring would come early," the indictment reads.
And although tough guy Gmoser is recommending the death sentence, we're pleased to report that extradition is unlikely since transporting wild animals across state lines is illegal.
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