Former Sanders campaign consultant convicted in prison weapons case

Alex Friedmann is a left-wing activist who Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders once consulted on prison reform. However, a recent conviction may end up putting Friedmann behind bars.

According to the Daily Wire, Friedmann was found guilty last week of causing over a quarter million dollars worth of damage to a Nashville jail. 

Activists hid weapons in the facility while it was under construction

The conviction came after prosecutors showed that Friedmann had hidden firearms, ammunition, hacksaw blades, and handcuff keys inside the jail’s walls while it was under construction.

“We don’t know: Who were those bullets intended for? Who was going to be stuck with that knife?” Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter was quoted as saying in her closing arguments.

“Who was going to try to get something from the other side of the visitation booth, and what were they going to do with it? And why?” she added.

Daron Hall serves as sheriff of Davidson County, and the Associated Press reported that he testified earlier this Friedmann’s trial earlier this month.

Sheriff: Defendant’s plot “went far beyond vandalism”

“We knew if Alex Friedmann had been up to any good, he would have come to us and we would have provided him with information,” Hall told members of the jury. “We knew we were not talking about some casual occurrence here.”

Hall also spoke of his decision to change the facility’s locks, saying, “There were many times when I thought we would never reopen the building and it would sit vacant for the rest of my tenure.”

Following Friedmann’s arrest in 2020, the sheriff was quoted by the Nashville Scene as saying that his plan “went far beyond vandalism.”

“Ultimately, it included planting various tools, weapons and security equipment throughout this facility — all designed to assist in a massive escape plan,” Hall insisted.

A 2015 Atlantic magazine article noted that Sander’s presidential campaign consulted with Friedmann regarding prison reform.

However, the piece also noted that Friedmann criticized a bill Sanders supported on prison privatization, complaining, “It appears to be more for political purposes than to actually address the many problems in our criminal justice system.”

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