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Sheriff Says Prison Reform Advocate Committed 'Evil Act'

Alexander Friedmann listens during the first day of his trial at the Justice A.A. Birch Building in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  Friedmann, a prominent prison reform advocate committed an “evil act” when he disguised himself as a construction worker to hide guns, handcuff keys and hacksaw blades inside the walls of an under-construction Tennessee jail, Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall testified in court on Tuesday. Friedmann is charged with vandalism over $250. (Stephanie Amador/The Tennessean via AP)
Alexander Friedmann listens during the first day of his trial at the Justice A.A. Birch Building in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Friedmann, a prominent prison reform advocate committed an “evil act” when he disguised himself as a construction worker to hide guns, handcuff keys and hacksaw blades inside the walls of an under-construction Tennessee jail, Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall testified in court on Tuesday. Friedmann is charged with vandalism over $250. (Stephanie Amador/The Tennessean via AP)

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- A prominent prison reform advocate committed an “evil act” when he disguised himself as a construction worker to hide guns, handcuff keys and hacksaw blades inside the walls of an under-construction Tennessee jail, Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall testified in court Tuesday.

Alex Friedmann is charged with vandalism over $250,000 in a case that Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter told the jury in opening statements would sound like a “made up case from a Hollywood movie.”