Mar 26, 2013 7:13 PM by NBC News

Defending Punxsutawney Phil

Almost two months ago Punxsutawney Phil promised us an early Spring, but as the snow continues to pile up into late March some are looking to take out their frustrations on the famous groundhog.

Apparently driven by frustration and freezing temperatures, this week an Ohio prosecutor filed a criminal indictment against Punxsutawney Phil for fraudulently predicting an early Spring.

But the "rat" in this case might be Phil's handler, who now says he misunderstood the groundhog's message almost two months ago.

"I made the wrong call, I'm sorry for the mistake I made," Bill Deely says.

In light of the new "evidence," prosecutors decided against pursuing any charges and Phil reacted to the news on Twitter, posting:

"Charges against me were dropped! If the glove doesn't fit you must acquit."

Still, the problem for many across the country is they're still wearing gloves a week into Spring.



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