Breaking news: A San Francisco judge just refused to lower Terry Childs' bail from $5 million, the SF Chron reports. Prosecutors said that by rigging the network so that key programs were held in memory so that they would be deleted when the network was shut down for maintenance, "he had a malicious intent to destroy the entire network." Prosecutor Conrad del Rosario said that even with Childs handing over the password to Mayor Gavin Newsom, some departments are still locked out, notably the sheriff's department and parks and rec.
"Everything is fine now, but should something malfunction, we can't get in to fix it," said Eileen Hirst, the sheriff's chief of staff.
Childs' attorney Erin Crane said the charges were "spurious."
She told the judge that Childs' bosses wanted to make him look bad, and that "when they couldn't get rid of him," they created a false image of a "rogue employee" out to terrorize the city. In fact, Crane said, the city itself is terrorizing residents with needless warnings about the computer network's safety.
"This is an affront to the city of San Francisco and a miscarriage of justice," Crane said.
The judge maintained the $5 million bail. Childs will likely stay in jail until his next court date, Sept. 24.