Butler County, Ohio prosecutor Michael Gmoser has had it up to here with Punxutawney Phil and his
weather lies natural behaviors that people interpret as weather forecasting. So he’s filed a (fake) indictment charging Phil with an “Unclassified Felony,” which calls for the death penalty.
No groundhogs will be harmed in the making of this publicity stunt, but threatening Phil with death is going too far. Besides, a few more weeks of winter is a reasonable punishment for humans who rely on a damn rodent for their long-range weather forecasts.