By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
April 19, 2010
Terry Childs' battle to avoid being convicted over what his supporters
characterize as a workplace dispute gone wrong is almost over.
Closing arguments concluded Monday in the city of San Francisco's case
against Childs, the network administrator charged with violating
California hacking laws by refusing to hand over network passwords for
the city's FiberWAN during a 12-day period in 2008.
Childs was charged in July 2008 and has been held on US$5 million bail
ever since. The highly technical trial, which featured testimony from
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Cisco Chief Security Officer John
Stewart, has dragged on for nearly six months.
By Monday, five of the 18 jurors and alternates selected for the trial
had dropped out, and the remaining jurors seemed relieved to see the
arguments wrap up as they left the courtroom Monday afternoon. They will
return Tuesday to start their deliberations.
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