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Punxsutawney Phil indicted in Ohio over wrong weather prediction

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Ohio authorities have issued an “indictment” against , the groundhog famed for predicting spring’s arrival, after he got it wrong this year.

The groundhog forecast an early spring when he did not see his shadow as he emerged from hibernation on February 2.

Prosecutors in Ohio’s Butler County accuse the rodent of deliberately misleading the public.

They say such a felony should be punished by death.

“Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early,” wrote Mike Gmoser, Butler County prosecutor, in an official-looking paper.

Mike Gmoser added the wrong prediction amounted to a felony “against the peace and dignity of the ”.

But , president of the club that organizes , said Phil has a lawyer and would fight attempted extradition by the Ohio authorities.

Punxsutawney Phil forecast an early spring for 2013 when he did not see his shadow as he emerged from hibernation on February 2 photo

Punxsutawney Phil forecast an early spring for 2013 when he did not see his shadow as he emerged from hibernation on February 2

He added the death penalty would be a “very harsh” punishment for the much-loved rodent.

“We’ll have to plead our case one way or the other, but I think we can beat the rap,” Bill Deeley said.

There has been much chatter on social media about Punxsutawney Phil’s that spring would come early.

Temperatures in the region remain low, with a storm due on Sunday that could bring several inches of snow with it.

Each year thousands of people visit the tiny western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, depicted in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, to witness Phil’s prognostication.

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