SERIOUSLY?? He's a groundhog!!!
Mike Gmoser, an Ohio Prosecutor, is charging Punxsutawney Phil with misrepresentation of spring, which constitutes a felony "against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio." His penality? ....DEATH.
The indictment says:
"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 ...The people further find and specify that due to the aggravating circumstances and misrepresentation to the people that the death penalty be implemenied to the defendant, Punxsutawney Phil."
See the full indictment here
Don't worry, it's all in the name of fun!!! Phil's handler, John Griffiths, even got in on the joke insisting he's innocent and said, "If you remember two weeks ago on a Sunday, it was probably 60, 65 degrees. So, I mean, that basically counts as an early spring."