Trial for alleged tech tyrant delayed again

A trial-setting hearing for Terry Childs, the former San Francisco Department of Technology employee who refused to turn over passwords to The City’s network, has been pushed back yet again pending a decision by an appeals court.

A hearing was scheduled Friday morning for Childs, 44, is accused of tampering with San Francisco’s main computer network and has been held in jail in lieu of a sky-high $5 million bail since July 2008.

In August, an appeals judge tossed out three of four charges against Childs, leaving in place one felony charge for Childs’ refusal to hand over network passwords to his bosses.
Despite the reduction in charges, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charles Haines has refused to reduce the bail, which is higher than most murder suspects receive.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has appealed the decision to drop the charges. That appeal is currently holding up a decision on when to start trial, said District Attorney spokeswoman Erica Derryck.
She said the hearing Friday morning to set a trial date was postponed until Tuesday, and may or may not be postponed beyond that date.

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