Punxsutawney Phil has led the East Coast astray. Though he predicted an early spring, it's Mar. 22 and the east is still coping with offensive winter weather. One Ohio prosecutor believes that the groundhog should pay for his bad forecast—with his life. Michael Gmoser, the prosecuting attorney for Butler County, OH, recently filed an indictment against the animal:
On or about February 02,2013, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early. Contrary to the Groundhog day report, a snowstorm and record low temperatures have been and are predicted to continue in the near future, which constitutes the offense of MISREPRESENTATION OF EARLY SPRING, a Unclassified Felony, and against the peace and dignity of the State Of Ohio.
SPECIFICATION: The people further find and specify that due to the aggravating circumstances and misrepresentation to the people that the death penalty be implemented to the defendant, Punxsutawney Phil
According to the Washington Post, the indictment was triggered by Gmoser "waking up to snow and temperatures in the teens on the second day of spring." Gmoser says he expects Punxsutawney Phil to appeal the the indictment.
Also, if you haven't picked up on it already, this is a joke.
[via The Washington Post]