Skip to comments.Ohio prosecutor seeks death penalty in case against Punxsutawney Phil
Posted on 03/22/2013 10:11:11 AM PDT by Kaslin
Punxsutawney Phil may have given his last forecast.
A prosecutor in Ohio is seeking the death penalty for the world-famous groundhog who emerged from his Gobbler's Knob home on Feb. 2 and did not see his shadow. His handlers proclaimed: And so ye faithful, there is no shadow to see, an early spring for you and me.
Michael T. Gmoser, prosecuting attorney in Butler County, about 20 miles north of Cincinnati, said on Thursday that Phil's misrepresentation of an early spring warrants the death penalty for the irrepressible rodent.
Let's face it, Punxsutawney Phil has let us down, Gmoser said, tongue firmly in cheek, after filing the necessary court documents.
I awoke this morning to a snowstorm, low temperatures and howling wind.
The National Weather Service says no real improvement is on the horizon for the Pittsburgh area with isolated snow showers expected Friday morning. Snow is likely on Sunday and there's a good chance of snow showers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, forecasters said.
Spring began Wednesday.
We in Butler County, like everyone in the nation, depend on Phil to give us a breath of spring in time. You know, Phil lives his life behind bars as it is. This is the only penalty available. Maybe it's time for a Phyllis instead.
Gmoser will have a fight on his hands if he tries to arrest the Weather Prophet without Peer, said Jeffrey Lundy, vice president of the Punxsutawney Ground Hog Club.
He's going to have to go through 15 licensed hunters to get to Phil, said Lundy, referring to members of the club's inner circle.
We'll find out how good of a prosecutor (Gmoser) is. If he doesn't know how to speak groundhog-ese, he'll never understand a word Phil says.
Gmoser acknowledges a reprieve is possible.
There may be some mitigating circumstances I may not know about. Phil may not know his rear from a hole in the ground. That might make a difference, said Gmoser, who decided to file the court papers to break the tension at the end of a hard day in the office.
There's a lot of things to get serious about, Lundy agreed. Groundhog Day is not one of them.
Run, Phil, run!!
Or rather, waddle away briskly.
I love the part where the prosecutor was warned that he would have to go through 15 “licensed hunters” to get the Phil. All in good fun.
Can we torture the little bastid first?
“Let’s face it, Punxsutawney Phil has let us down, Gmoser said, tongue firmly in cheek, after filing the necessary court documents.”
The tax payers are actually paying this prosector to file such motions?
Don't Drive Angry!
Not cooling .. warming?
Oh ... CLImate change
OK, I know a lady in West Virginia that cooks up a mean groundhog stew and it is GOO-OOD !
Give the guy a break! Phil doesn’t actually make the weather, he just predicts it.
It’s not his fault that we’re having a late spring. Probably it’s the guys at the Weather Channel, or maybe Al Gore’s latest warnings against Gorbal Warming.
after a low temp of 10 deg. this morning, that’s a hoot!
The weather forecast for southwestern Ohio is 4 to 8 inches of snow on Sunday.
Frankly I am enjoying this joke.
Oh, give it a rest. He is paid a salary and spends allot of his time off hours.
I love it, he has a good sense of humor.
We are expecting 5-8” of snow for Palm Sunday. My vegetables I have started for the garden have nowhere to go.....I WANT SPRING AND I WANT IT NOW!!!!
“He’s got to be stopped....and I have to stop him.”
It's a big difference between being a smartass at a press conference and actually prosecuting the fuzzy little liar from Pennsylvania. I put this in the same column as "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
Were the court clerks in the courthouse where he filed also on their off hours?
I am also certain that the clerk was neither off hours nor hard at work!
An early Spring, where? Though we didn’t have any snow here I am tired of the cold temperatures and I realize no matter what the critter says it’s still six weeks from Groundhog day to March 20. But this has gone to far
SW Pa .. we had a 70 day about a week ago .. a couple of 50 touching 60 ... then the clipper flew in.
I'm just glad that it hasn't gotten warm for a week to get the trees to leaf and bloom and then be hit with this weather. That can make the trees look miserable for the year and kill off the fruit.
BTW, had ground hog...not as good a coon but OK.
Drone his ass...
Well the good news is if you don't get him today, you'll have another chance tomorrow --- and the next day... and.... ;~))
I think we need to move another 80 miles or so East from Punxsutawney PA and go up to State College PA to find Michael Mann who promised us Global Warming by now. The poor little groundhog was only listening to the Nobel Prize Winning (sic) Professor Mann.
Phil has only cost us a couple of heads of lettuce. Mann has cost us billions of dollars with his equally bad predictions.
I wonder if he saw his shadow or did he see the money he could make from his non-science?