Suspect accused of planting gun gets federal stay


A man – who is said to have hidden loaded guns and tools during the construction of the new Davidson County detention center – has now received a stay from a federal court judge who ordered him out of the prison. isolation.

Tennessee Central District U.S. District Court Judge Waverly Crenshaw Jr. has ordered Alex Friedmann to be released from solitary confinement and authorities to house him in conditions that meet constitutional standards for remand prisoners.

It comes as he sued the Tennessee Department of Corrections, claiming he had been in isolation for over a year and a half under extremely restrictive, punitive and harsh conditions usually reserved only for death row inmates.

Prior to the order, Friedmann was sitting in the supermax unit at Riverbend State Prison awaiting trial.

According to Friedmann in his trial, he suffers from psychological symptoms due to his confinement in the Iron Man cell. He said his symptoms include depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss and loss of focus. He said the solitary confinement resulted in loss of sight and back pain.

In january 2020, Authorities charged Friedmann with attempted burglary, tampering with evidence and possession of burglary tools. The Davidson County Sheriff‘s Office said he broke into the new downtown detention center while it was being built. The sheriff’s office said in December 2019 that its employees noticed a set of keys with a different ring than the others, then later confirmed that two facility keys were missing.

Friedmann allegedly disguised himself as a construction worker and was seen entering the control room. Police said he then entered the room and placed a key ring in his pocket, left the DDC through the entrance hall, returned two hours later and replaced the keys, again with two missing. When officers arrested Friedman, they discovered that an igloo cooler he was carrying around the facility contained bolt cutters and a document identified as diagrams of the detention center.

For more than a decade, Friedmann worked to become a leader in defending criminal justice issues in Tennessee. He resumed the cause after being sentenced to ten years in prison for assault. Since his release in 1999, he has written legal journals and pushed for prison reform policy, including testifying on Capitol Hill and the Tennessee State Capitol and even speaking with NewsChannel 5 about prison security issues.

Nick Beres contributed to this report.