PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) – An Ohio prosecutor who has light-heartedly filed charges against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently “predicted” an early spring says he may consider a pardon now that the animal’s handler is taking the blame.
That’s right, Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle says the animal rightly predicted six more weeks of winter but Deeley tells The Associated Press he mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil’s “groundhog-ese.”READ MORE: School Leaders Call On State Legislature To Make Bigger Investment In Education
Butler County, Ohio prosecutor, Mike Gmoser (MOH’-ser) tells the AP he’s reconsidering the charges in light of the new evidence and may issue a full pardon.
Gmoser’s indictment reads:
On or about February 02,2013, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early. Contrary to the Groundhog day report, a snowstorm and record low temperatures have been and are predicted to continue in the near future, which constitutes the offense of MISREPRESENTATION OF EARLY SPRING, a Unclassified Felony, and against the peace and dignity of the State Of Ohio.READ MORE: Moderna Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is 96 Percent Effective In Children 12 To 17 Years Old
SPECIFICATION: The people further find and specify that due to the aggravating circumstances and misrepresentation to the people that the death penalty be implemented to the defendant, Punxsutawney Phil
Deeley says the prosecutor’s indictment of Phil has generated more publicity than a $10,000 ad campaign.
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