Ohio's Butler County indicts Punxsutawney Phil over late spring, asks for death penalty
Jen Steer, newsnet5.com
10:41 PM, Mar 21, 2013
12:03 AM, Mar 22, 2013
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - With temperatures in the 30s and lake effect snow, the first few days of spring have felt anything but spring-like.
Though Clevelanders are used to Mother Nature's fickle ways, one county in southwest Ohio is taking their anger out on a certain groundhog.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser filed and indictment against Punxsutawney Phil for misrepresenting an early spring. The fake lawsuit even seeks the death penalty if the famous rodent is convicted.
"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early," the indictment said. "Contrary to the Groundhog Day report, a snowstorm and record low temperatures have been and are predicted to continue in the near future…"