Meteorologists take heed. The punishment for inaccurately predicting the weather in Ohio is now death, at least according to one prosecutor.
Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser was apparently so enraged by this year’s lengthy winter that he issued an indictment against Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who just a few months ago dared to predict an early spring.
The tongue-in cheek indictment, which was posted online by the Washington Post, said Phil “purposely, and with prior calculation and design, caused the people to believe that Spring would come early.” The crimes at issue, he said, were “MISREPRESENTATION OF EARLY SPRING, an Unclassified Felony, and against the peace and dignity of the State of Ohio.”
Gmoser does appear to have the facts on his side. The first day of spring was Wednesday, but the Midwest was bracing this weekend for its third major storm in a month.
But death for the groundhog?
One Pennsylvania-based law firm didn’t take kindly to the slight against a fellow Keystone State resident. Todd Nurick and Brian Andris, attorneys with the Nurick Law Group, issued a cease-and-desist order in response to the indictment, indicating that they somehow managed to secure a response from the elusive Phil.