Rogue sysadmin sues SF for $3m
Damages me? Damages you!
Terry Childs, the ex-network admin accused of holding San Francisco's computer network to ransom, is suing the city for $3m.
Childs, who has been in prison since July and is still awaiting trial, wants compensation for lost wages, damages and emotional distress caused by what he claims was his wrongful arrest and imprisonment.
He is seeking $1m for lost wages and benefits, $1m for emotional distress, $500,000 in "special damages" and $500,000 to pay off his lawyer.
San Francisco is seeking damages from Childs to recover the costs it claims were incurred by his actions.
Childs was suspended from work in July 2008 and refused to hand over passwords, leaving officials shut out of the city's wide area network.
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom visited Childs in prison and convinced him to hand over the passwords.
Childs, 43, is due back in court on 13 February. His lawyer has filed to dismiss three charges as too vague, the SF Examiner reports. ®
Its America, suing is a way of life
"What would the City have done if the man had been struck and killed by a pizza truck instead?"
They would have sued the Pizza store, thats how its done in the US.
>> $1m for 7 months wages & benefits?
Well, I suppose he is 'employed' 24x7 - okay, say 23x7, they probably give him an hour a day in the yard. Okay, it still works out about $205/hour, but you have to bear in mind that he isn't getting any holiday and most of these hours are 'overtime'. Admittedly he is getting full room and board, so they could deduct that.
Interesting nobody picked up on the lawyers fees, his lawyer is probably working about 4-hours a day, 2 days a week, for seven months. Actually that only comes to about $2,000/hour so why would anyone bat an eye about that, it's quite reasonable for a laywer (and besides, he's probably billing for 30 hours/day, 9 days/week (plus the same for his assistants)).
He's on a winner
All he has to show is that the protocol for handing over passwords was inadequately defined, or that he hadn't been adequately trained in it. My guess is that both will probably turn out to be true.