Punxsutawney Phil: Sued By Ohio County Over Wrong Early Spring Prediction!

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Beaten down by months of snow, wind and cold, an Ohio county has issued an "indictment" against Punxsutawney Phil over his Groundhog Day prediction.

Phil did not see his shadow February 2, signaling spring's imminent arrival.


Six days later, Winter Storm Nemo dumped 30 inches of snow on New England. Six weeks later, temperatures across the Northern U.S. remain frigid.

Birds chirping? Flowers blooming? No sign of those anywhere.

As a result, (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek Butler County, Oh., prosecutors are demanding justice, claiming Phil deliberately misled the American people.

They say such a felony should be punished by death.

Butler County's chief prosecutor filed an official brief about this, lambasting the rodent for actions "against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio."

"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early," wrote Mike Gmoser.

He vowed to bring the Pennsylvania icon to justice in the neighboring Buckeye State, but Phil's handlers are having none of it, coming to his defense.

Bill Deeley, president of the club that organizes Groundhog Day, said Phil has a lawyer and would fight attempted extradition by the Ohio authorities.

"We'll have to plead our case one way or the other, but I think we can beat the rap," Deeley said, taking Butler County's indictment more or less in stride.

Criminally negligent or not, Phil really dropped the ball in 2013.

This winter was pretty harsh, at least by recent standards, and grew worse if anything following Phil's prognostication that spring would come early.

Case in point: There's another storm due on Sunday/Monday that could bring several additional inches of snow across the Midwest and Northeast.

The first day of Spring was Thursday, March 21.

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Surely everyone knows better than to believe Phil when he says winter will end early, especially up there where we often had to wear winter coats and snow boots over our Easter clothes. sigh


he's a full grow RAT., u actually talking to a rat, come on, $ue his azz, lol


I hope this is some kind of a ploy to get rid of this stupid tradition.

@ Lisa

Now why on earth would anyone sue an ANIMAL? That poor thing! It's not his fault!


Personally, I don't think anyone should rely on the weather with an animal. The weather these days are so unpredictable! I mean come on. You can look at the weather one minute and it says no rain and 10 to 15 minutes later we have 60% chance of rain! I agree with nugget. Be patient and when spring comes, it comes!


The fact that people rely on a groundhog to tell them wether or not spring is coming is ridiculous. People need to learn patience and just let nature take its course


General Beauregard Lee at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Georgia has a much better accuracy record than Phil.


Can we sue Obama for being a horrible leader too now?

@ Go Og

I agree! Good for you!

@ Go Og

No because he has been a fairly good leader, alot better than the last one. If you want to sue someone for screwing up America, start with bush, cheney, karl rove and the entire republican party. Then move on to banks, corporations and their lobbyists.

@ Lisa

If we should sue anyone, it would be the Democratic Party for all the debt. Gee thanks Obama!


Really ??? We don't waste enough tax dollars already ?? Maybe this fiscal irresponsibility has something to do with Ohio's poor economy.


He was California Dreaming when they woke him. Yup! It was the handlers fault.