San Francisco Mayor Takes Stand in Rogue Techie Case

Gavin Newsom "felt used" after jail visit with Terry Childs

By Jackson West
|  Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM PDT
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San Francisco Mayor Takes Stand in Rogue Techie Case

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, right, tried to appeal to rogue techie's human side in jailhouse visit before his wedding to Jennifer Siebel, left.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told a court today that after a twenty minute meeting with jailed technology contractor Terry Childs last year, "I was furious. I felt used."

That's because Childs, who had been giving his managers bunk administrative passwords to access a computer network at the Hall of Justice, also duped Newsom.

At the time, it was reported that Newsom successfully convinced Childs to hand over the keys to the network, but apparently that wasn't the case.

Instead, it wasn't until after the meeting that Childs gave up the goods through defense lawyers.

Childs has been in jail for months pending his trial. He is accused of not only holding up the network, but of setting up "devices to gain unauthorized access to the system."

The defendant has argued that he only refused to give up the passwords at a surprise meeting last July because he felt that he was a victim of office politics, and that the meeting involved people he felt shouldn't know sensitive security details.

Newsom tried to relate to Childs "on a human level" by mentioning that he was due at his wedding to then-fiancée Jennifer Siebel, and was worried that while he was being driven to Montana, at taxpayer expense, the city wouldn't be able to operate.

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