Punxsutawney Phil is getting a lot of flack for his Groundhog Day prediction that we’d see an early spring. However, cold temps and snow storms blanketing most of the country even after the official first day of spring have many grumbling that popular prognosticator has lied in his prediction.

The Huffington Post is reporting a county prosecutor from Ohio, Mike Gmoser, recently filed charges against the furry mascot for making a fraudulent prediction of an early spring.

“Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design cause the people to believe that spring would come early,” Gmoser said in his indictment.

Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, is stepping in to take the fall for the little guy. Deeley says that Phil did indeed make a correct prediction of six more weeks of winter, but that he misinterpreted Phil’s “groundhog-ese.”

Gmoser is reconsidering the charges in light of Deeley’s taking the blame. In the meantime, we’re still waiting for winter to release its icy grip.


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