Robert McMillan reports:
A Bay Area man who has spent nearly 14 months in jail after refusing to hand over administrative passwords to San Francisco’s city network is likely to remain incarcerated after a county judge denied his motion for reduced bail on Monday.
Terry Childs has been held on a US$5 million bond since his July 12, 2008, arrest in a case that captured intense media interest.
Prosecutors had charged him with holding the city’s FiberWAN network hostage and installing unauthorized “back-door” modems on the city’s network. On Aug. 21, Superior Court Judge Kevin McCarthy threw out three of the four charges against Childs. Lawyers for the former city network administrator had hoped that this might lead to a bail reduction and a chance to get their client out of jail.
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