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Prosecutor drops charges against Punxsutawney Phil

It looks like Phil is off the hook for now (courtesy: Doug Kerr)
It looks like Phil is off the hook for now (courtesy: Doug Kerr)

Staff writers

March 27, 2013 — Punxsutawney Phil won't be going to jail after all.

Earlier this month, Ohio prosecutor Michael Gmoser created a stir when he filed charges against Punxsutawney Phil for predicting an early spring, which hasn't exactly panned out.

Parts of Canada and the U.S. ushered in the season with snow, freezing rain and icy conditions, and portions of Europe were nearly brought to a standstill when a snowstorm moved across the region.

This isn't the first year Phil dropped the ball, and Gmoser said he wanted the groundhog to pay.

"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause people to believe that Spring would come early," the indictment reads.

Now, Phil's handler, Bill Deeley, is taking the blame.

Deeley told The Associated Press the groundhog had predicted 6 more weeks of winter, but he mis-interpreted Phil's “groundhog-ese” and made the call for an early spring.

In light of the new evidence, Gmoser had no choice but to drop the indictment.

It looks like Phil is off the hook, at least for now.

With files from the Associated Press

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