Sick of winter? Butler County 'sues' Punxsutawney Phil for late spring

Wants death penalty considered

Wednesday marked the first day of spring, which is why many Tri-State residents were disappointed to find snow on the ground when they woke up the next morning.

It always seems like Mother Nature refuses to cooperate when we need her to the most, especially after a long, grueling winter.

But what about that Punxsutawney Phil?

Thousands gathered on Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania on Feb. 2 to watch the famous groundhog. The rodent didn't see his shadow, which according to tradition signifies there was supposed to be only six more weeks of winter left.

That's an issue the Butler County Court of Common Pleas wish they could take up in court. In jest, officials wrote up a fake lawsuit that contends in part "Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early."

Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser even called for the death penalty to be brought upon Phil as his punishment, if convicted.

The sentiment of the suit, however, is very much real.

After months of cloudy days and brisk breezes, the Tri-State is ready for a burst of warm sunshine and a change of greenery.

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