More DNA Testing?: Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has ordered a review of a Bush administration policy requiring some defendants to waive their right to DNA testing, The Washington Post reports. The waivers, allowed in a 2004 law that expanded DNA testing, can be filed in guilty pleas and bar defendants from ever requesting DNA testing.
Building Justice: The New York Times reports on the challenges facing Afghanistan's civil institutions. The judiciary is so weak, the newspaper reports, that Afghans turn to a shadow Taliban court system because, a senior military official said, “a lot of the rural people see the Taliban justice as at least something.” Last year, Legal Times filed a special report on efforts to improve the country's courts system.
More Heller Fallout: Should accountants at Ernst & Young have known that San Francisco law firm Heller Ehrman was headed for dissolution? The law firm's creditors are considering suing the accountants for failing to raise red flags, The Recorder reports via Law.com.
'He Talked, Money Walked': The Charlotte Observer winds through the tale of John Knox Bridges, a man who told friends he hobnobbed with world leaders and served on the board of New York's Guggenheim Museum. But the newspaper reports that Bridges' stories don't hold up, and Bridges settled a lawsuit last year in which renowned fresco artist Ben Long accused him of stealing $800,000.