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Dottie Sandusky has shifted blame of the Jerry Sandusky case outcome to her adopted son, Matt. In the final letters that were written by Sandusky and his wife before the former 78-year-old Penn State coach was sentenced to 30 years in prison, Dottie describes Matt as a "liar" who was "diagnosed bipolar."
The Sanduskys made little recompense to the number of victims Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of molesting. He didn't make apology to the their families or the University, whose reputation he tarnished. Instead, both Sandusky and his wife made excuses.
"My trust in people, systems and fairness has diminished," Sandusky wrote in a letter to the judge who was to decide his prison sentence. "In my heart I know I did not do these disgusting acts. However, I didn't tell the jury. Our son changed our plans when he switched sides."
The couple's letters were mentioned in court on Tuesday but not read aloud. They were made public by Judge John Cleland and the Centre County courts; copies of them were obtained by CNN.
In the letters, both Sandusky and his wife go on about how it was their adopted son Matt who altered the case, and how he could not be trusted.
"People need to know what kind of person he is," Dottie wrote of her adopted son. "We have forgiven him many times for all he has done to our family, thinking that he was changing his life, but he would always go back to his stealing and lies. He has been diagnose [sic] Bipolar, but he refuses to take his medicine."
She goes on to describe that Matt "has had many run-ins with the law and stolen money and items from our family."
"We still love him," she added, "and want the best for him, but because of his actions we cannot express this to him."
The letters also go on to attack the university, who used the system to protect its own interests, and the media which drew so much attention to the case.
"There were so many people involved in the orchestration of this conviction (media, investigators, prosecutors, 'the system,' Penn State and the accusers)," Sandusky wrote, still maintaining his innocence. "It was well done. They won!"