October 05, 2011 06:49:34 GMT
Newly-freed Amanda herself has arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday, October 4 evening and said at a news conference she's really overwhelmed to be back home.
Several Hollywood celebrities took to Twitter on Monday, October 3 to congratulate Amanda Knox for being cleared of murdering British roommate Meredith Kercher, but Nancy Grace apparently doesn't share mutual feeling. In fact, the "Dancing with the Stars" contestant thought that the 24-year-old's acquittal is a "miscarriage of justice".
After performing waltz on "DWTS" on Monday night, the HLN host told Access Hollywood, "I was very disturbed, because I think it is a huge miscarriage of justice." She explained, "I believe that while Amanda Knox did not wield the knife herself, I think that she was there, with her boyfriend, and that he did the deed, and that she egged him on. That's what I think happened."
"I think that people in general, including myself, want to believe good about other people and the population wants to believe that Amanda Knox is innocent," the 51-year-old legal commenter added. "They want to believe that and I don't blame them. I'd like to believe it too, I just happen to know the facts."
Although she voiced similar opinion when speaking to PEOPLE that same night, Nancy shared what she would like to see from Amanda after being freed. "I only hope that Ms. Knox makes something of her life now because she's certainly been given a second chance," she said. "Very few people are given the chance that she has been given today."
Amanda was a University of Washington student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy at the time of Meredith's murder in 2007. She and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder in 2009, with her facing a sentence of 26 years in prison. After spending the last four years in an Italian prison, the appeals court threw out her murder conviction on Monday.
After leaving Perugia's Capanne prison on Monday night, the former exchange student flew from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport to London on Tuesday, October 4 morning and arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport later that evening. At a press conference held shortly after her arrival back in the States, she looked visibly emotional and shaking while admitting she's "really overwhelmed right now".
To cheering friends and supporters, Amanda said with a trembled voice, "I was looking down from the airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn't real." She added, "What's important for me to say is just thank you to everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me, who has supported my family. My family is the most important thing to me right now and I just want to go and be with them, so thank you for being there for me."