Nightly News   |  October 05, 2011

Back in Seattle, Knox enjoys privacy

Amanda Knox is now in Seattle, enjoying private time with her family after a judge in Italy overturned the murder conviction that had her behind bars for four years. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports from Seattle.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: In Seattle tonight, Amanda Knox is with her family and in private, finally back home after the judge in Italy overturned the murder conviction that had her behind bars for four years overseas. NBC 's Stephanie Gosk was there when Amanda Knox touched down in Seattle last night.

STEPHANIE GOSK reporting: Amanda Knox , exhausted and fighting back tears, did not have to speak when she landed in Seattle , but she wanted to.

Ms. AMANDA KNOX: What's important for me to say is just thank you to everyone who's believed in me, who has defended me, who has supported my family.

GOSK: She maintained her composure just long enough.

Mr. CURT KNOX (Amanda's Father): Amanda is very strong and has stayed very strong throughout this whole process. We're going to kind of have to see, you know, what happens with her at this stage of the game.

GOSK: Knox has to recovery from four years in an Italian prison far from home for a crime the court now says she didn't commit.

Professor CRAIG HANEY (University of California Santa Cruz): Prison is a profoundly traumatic experience for anybody. And for people who have been exonerated, in a way it's even more traumatic because they've suffered for no good reason.

GOSK: Her notoriety and the clamor for her story will only make it more difficult.

Mr. THEODORE SIMON (Amanda Knox's Attorney): It is obvious to Amanda what is going on, but she has maintained, I guess an uncommon balance. Her focus is on her family.

GOSK: There is potentially a lot of money at stake. The competition for the first interview is fierce, but there are also possible book deals and movie rights. It may be the only way the family can get out from under a mountain of legal debt.

Ms. DEREDE McALPIN (Levick Strategic Communications): I don't think it's going to be a windfall where, you know, she's going to be faced with millions of dollars, but she will have a lot of different options.

GOSK: But first, Amanda's father says his daughter will need time and space. One of her first priorities is a day in the park. After four years in a concrete prison, she just wants a chance to lie in the grass. Stephanie Gosk, NBC News, Seattle .