Indicted: Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted in Richmond federal court on Tuesday, charged with 14 counts of illegally accepting gifts from a wealthy businessman, the Washington Post reports. Attorneys for the couple strongly denied the actions were illegal, calling the case “disgraceful.” The ex-governor is represented by McGuire Woods partner Jerry Kilgore and Maureen McDonnell is represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner William Burck.
I Spy: In an interview with The New Yorker, Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked hundreds of thousands of pages of classified documents, denied accusations by members of Congress that he was a spy or foreign agent. Snowden said it was “absurd” and that he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone.”
New Trial?: A hearing is underway in South Carolina whether to grant a new trial for a 14 year-old black boy who was executed in 1944 for killing two white girls. But most of the evidence, including a transcript of the original trial, has disappeared. “What can I do? What can I rectify?” Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen said at the beginning of the hearing, the Associated Press reports. If Mullen finds in favor of Stinney, it could open the door for hundreds of other appeals.
Death Penalty: As state officials struggle to obtain drugs necessary for lethal injections, some are suggesting a return to the firing squad or electric chair. One Missouri state representative said being put to “sleep like a dog” is “more inhumane versus a blindfold and your sentence being carried out by a firing squad,” Time reports.
Good Luck with That: Detroit-based mortgage lender Quicken Loans with the backing of Warren E. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is offering $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect bracket predicting the outcome of the N.C.A.A.’s men’s basketball tournament. The odds of doing so: 9.2 quintillion to one, The New York Times reports.