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Her claim that witnesses were manipulated into giving false evidence was a key element of her husband’s criminal defense. The fact that jurors were not convinced doesn’t sway her — she said jurors had made up their mind before the trial began.

“I trust my husband,” she said. “That’s what the world is about today. People don’t trust anybody. And all these young kids, all they think about is sex.”

Dottie Sandusky, who was a defense witness and did not see others testify, said the accusers’ testimony shouldn’t have been given more credence than her husband’s version of events. He did not take the stand and has declined repeated requests for an interview.

“(His lawyers) felt the trial was going well enough that he did not need to testify,” she said. “Jerry wanted to testify, but they felt he didn’t need to testify.”