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Sandusky On Ziegler Podcast Claiming His Innocence: ‘It Gives Us Hope’

A letter seemingly written by Jerry Sandusky pledged support for a new podcast series claiming his innocence on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The letter was posted on Twitter by documentary filmmaker and longtime Sandusky Scandal critic John Ziegler, who’s in the middle of publishing a long-form podcast covering the scandal, Joe Paterno, Penn State’s handling of the case, and more. Sandusky reportedly described the podcast as a “pleasant surprise” and said its publication gives him and his legal team hope as he seeks to prove his innocence moving forward.

“Many people have commented positively. How much difference it makes remains to be seen,” the letter reads. “More people will recognize a wrongful conviction. We cling to the hope that the court will.”

Ziegler said that Sandusky has followed the podcast indirectly while in prison, mainly through transcriptions from his wife, Dottie. Ziegler told Onward State that the letter in question was the first time he’d heard from Sandusky since the podcast began. He interviewed Sandusky twice in prison nearly a decade ago.

“This was kind of Jerry getting back in touch, I guess,” Ziegler said Wednesday afternoon. “I already knew he’d been consuming the podcast in whatever way he can in prison, but I thought it was an interesting note.”

Sandusky was resentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in November 2019 to serve 30 to 60 years in state prison — the same sentence he originally received in 2012. Since then, he has maintained his innocence and made requests through his legal team for a new trial without success.

Ziegler’s 19-episode podcast, “With The Benefit Of Hindsight,” premiered in April and now publishes two lengthy episodes each week. Previously posted entries have covered Ziegler’s skepticism surrounding Mike McQueary’s testimony, the Paterno family, media coverage of the case, and Penn State administrators, among other subjects.

“With The Benefit Of Hindsight” is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Additional interviews are published on Ziegler’s own website, FramingPaterno.com.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a senior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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