If this is a federal charge, the federal public defenders are generally very good and much better than the state level public defenders. The issue is that the fact that the other accused is willing to testify in his defense may put reasonable doubt up as to his actual knowledge of the fact it was stolen property. The problem is that if the prosecutor can prove that he should have known based upon the circumstances that the property was stolen and this is why the attorney is likely telling him that the judge will not want to hear it. At this point he needs to get with his attorney and have the attorney actually explain things to him or give the attorney permission to speak to you about the case so that you can get the full story. Additionally, you do not know what the specific evidence is that the US Attorney has against him and the attorney can explain that to you as well.
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