A prosecutor in Ohio is reportedly seeking the death penalty for the famous rodent who emerged from his home in Gobbler's Knob, Pa., on Feb. 2 and did not see his shadow, translating to an "early spring," according to his handlers. But Michael Gmoser, prosecuting attorney in Butler County, said Thursday that Phil's inaccurate forecast warrants capital punishment, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"Let's face it, Punxsutawney Phil has let us down," Gmoser said, tongue firmly in cheek, after filing the necessary court documents. "I awoke this morning to a snowstorm, low temperatures and howling wind."
Spring began Wednesday, but local forecasts in the Pittsburgh area and throughout Pennsylvania show a good chance of snow this weekend and into next week.
"We in Butler County, like everyone in the nation, depend on Phil to give us a breath of spring in time," Gmoser said. "You know, Phil lives his life behind bars as it is. This is the only penalty available. Maybe it's time for a Phyllis instead."
But Jeffrey Lundy, vice president of the Punxsutawney Ground Hog Club, said Gmoser will have a fight on his hands if he tries to arrest the famous groundhog.
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