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    LAUER: All right, Lester , and Keith , thank you very much . Carlo Dalla Vedova is one of Amanda Knox 's attorneys. He joins us exclusively. Mr. Dalla Vedova , good morning. Thank you for joining us.

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: Good morning to all of you, and thank you much for the invitation.

    LAUER: I want to talk to you about the potential appeal here in a second, but first, I'd like to take you back to the moment you were standing in that courtroom with Amanda right by your side seeming very unstable. It looked as if she could pass out at any moment and then the verdict was read and she melted into you and broke down. Take me through the moment. What do you remember?

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: Well, as everybody has seen because it was a live registration, Amanda was extremely scared. She was scared about this decision. She knew that this decision would change her life. She was in between a request of life in jail and get dismissed. And entire week for her was extremely difficult because, first of all, we had hearings every day until 6:00 in the evening. So she was particularly stressed, but I would say she was mainly scared. When she heard that she was dismissed then of course she started to cry because for her this was the end of a nightmare, the end of a tunnel, and she almost collapsed. Yes, she is weak. She hasn't get so much sleep and this week has been extremely heavy on her, so for her the way of crying was just a relief.

    LAUER: What was the moment like for you, Mr. Dalla Vedova , personally?

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: I never make a personal issue when I'm working. I work for my clients and we knew we had good reason for having our appeal accepted, so we were waiting for this moment. This moment could have come almost at the first grade if we had a more complete analysis of all the evidence. So for us it's just a matter of work, and, of course, we were happy and satisfied that all our reasonable appeal were accepted, and we are extremely happy for the future of Amanda . Amanda is a very good girl and she deserved to go back to her life and freedom.

    LAUER: As you know, the prosecution has now said they will indeed appeal this verdict to the Italian Supreme Court . Do you think they will be able to meet the criteria to be granted that appeal ?

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: It's hard to say because we need to read the motivation. The motivation is going to be filed within 90 days, so we will know exactly what is the ground based in which the court has decided to dismiss the accusation. We are ready. If the prosecutor has, according to law, will file the opposition to the supreme court which is a special opposition, the opposition to the supreme court can only be filed for violation of law, so there will be no review of the evidence and we will not go into the merit. It will be only limited to a possible violation of principle of law. And if that happened we will be ready to defend and support our client's rights also in front of the supreme court . We're not worried. And this is quite standard. We have this procedure in Italy where you have a second grade and also a third grade and we are ready.

    LAUER: Let me ask you -- let me ask you about the prosecutor, Mr. Mignini . He went very far during this appeal process in characterizing Amanda Knox as evil. He said some very derogatory things about her. He's now decided to take this to the next level to the Italian Supreme Court . In your opinion, do you think that he has perhaps crossed a line from the professional to the personal here, that in some way he has a grudge or a vendetta against Amanda Knox ?

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: Well, I think first of all, we have to respect the prosecutor. The prosecutor of us, it's a neutral person, is not an individual. He works on behalf of the state and is acting in order to support the accusation in the interests of all the citizens. It's a very difficult job, so we -- everybody has to respect this position. It's not a personal issue. It's a big mistake to bring any evaluation on a personal level. Certainly the prosecutor has made a huge mistake and it's not Mr. Mignini , it's the office of the prosecutor that has made a huge mistake. The mistake was made at the beginning because they evaluate Amanda behave in a wrong way and the court of appeal has recognized this mistake. Then there's been a number of mistakes that has been confirmed; therefore, altogether the handling of the accusation, especially in the first investigation period...

    LAUER: Right.

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: ...it's a result of a big mistake . And thank God we have the appeal that has been rectifying this mistake.

    LAUER: Let me end on this question, Mr. Dalla Vedova . The reaction outside the courtroom yesterday evening was mixed. There were some people applauding the verdict, there were others cheer -- or yelling shame, shame. Do you get the sense right now that in Italy there is an appetite among the public for this to go further or do you think the Italian people would like to put this whole case behind them?

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: First of all, I don't agree with your statement. There was no critics outside. I was outside, and Deanna , Amanda's sister, made a statement and there was no comments when we made a statement. And the comments were made made in a different occasion. I was standing outside with thousands of people in the main road of Perugia , and I think I gave something like 20 interviews last night and there was no comments when I was talking. So I think you have to refer to somebody else. But what concerned the public opinion there's been a complete change in the last months, and so despite the fact that the media have certainly have a role in this, especially at the beginning in the investigation phase, we also have to acknowledge that the media have changed the public opinion in the sense that they're moving to a possibility of being innocent in the last year. And this was certainly something that was not done by us, but it was given only by the fact that many observers have clearly identified that there was no evidence to support the accusation.

    LAUER: Carlo ...

    Mr. DALLA VEDOVA: So we actually are satisfied also in how the media have handled this.

    LAUER: Carlo Dalla Vedova , the defense attorney , or one of the defense attorneys for Amanda Knox . Mr. Dalla Vedova , thank you for your time this morning. I appreciate it.

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updated 10/4/2011 9:02:14 AM ET 2011-10-04T13:02:14

As prosecutors vow to take Amanda Knox’s case all the way to the Italian Supreme Court in Rome after an appeals court overturned her murder conviction on Monday, her legal team said they are prepared.

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Video: Knox lawyer: ‘End of a nightmare’ (on this page)

Carlo Dalla Vedova, one of Knox’s defense lawyers, spoke exclusively with TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday, declaring this procedure of appealing to the Supreme Court “standard.’’

Story: Knox heads home from Italy; prosecutor to appeal verdict

“We are ready,’’ Dalla Vedova said. “The opposition to the Supreme Court can only be filed for violation of law, so there would be no review of the evidence. It will be only limited to a possible violation of the principle of law. If that happens, we will be ready to defend and support our clients’ rights. We are not worried.’’

The 24-year-old student from Seattle was freed on appeal Monday after a four-year imprisonment in Perugia, Italy. In 2009, she and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Knox's 21-year-old British roommate Meredith Kercher. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison; Sollecito got 25. Both of those convictions were overturned on Monday.

Video: What’s next in Knox’s legal battle? (on this page)

The prosecution’s process of appeal to Italy’s highest court cannot begin until appeals court judge Claudio Pratillo Hellman issues an explanation for overturning Knox’s conviction. The prosecutors will then analyze that report to see what grounds they will have to file an appeal, which most likely would not be heard until 2012. Knox would not be forced to attend a retrial.

Video: Friends, family prepare for Knox homecoming (on this page)

“The motivation is going to be filed within 90 days so we will know exactly what is the grounds based on which the court has decided to dismiss the accusation,’’ Dalla Vedova said.

An emotional Knox broke down in tears upon hearing that she would be set free, concluding a particularly trying week in a case that has captivated both countries.

“Amanda was extremely scared,’’ Dalla Vedova said. “She knew this decision would change her life, and the entire week for her was extremely difficult. For her, this was the end of a nightmare.’’

As for his own emotions in the charged courtroom atmosphere, Dalla Vedova declared that he was simply doing his job.

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Antonio Calanni  /  AP
Amanda Knox and lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova, arriving at her appeal hearing Monday in Perugia.

“I never make a personal issue when I’m working,’’ he said. “I work for my clients and we knew we had good reason for having our appeal accepted, so we were waiting for this moment. We are extremely happy for the future of Amanda. Amanda is a very good girl, and she deserved to go back to her life and freedom.’’

Knox was painted as “Satanic’’ and a “she-devil’’ by the Italian prosecution team, led by Giuliano Mignini. Dalla Vedova dismissed the notion that Mignini and the prosecution are attempting to take the case to the highest court for personal reasons.

“It’s not Mr. Mignini; it’s the office of the prosecutor has made a huge mistake,’’ he said. “The mistake was made at the beginning because they evaluated Amanda’s behavior in the wrong way and the court of appeal has recognized this mistake. There have been a number of mistakes that have been confirmed, therefore altogether, the handling of the accusation, especially in the first investigation period, it’s a result of a big mistake, and thank God we have the appeal that has rectified the mistake.’’

Slideshow: Amanda Knox: Her long legal saga (on this page)

There have been reports of a mixed reaction outside the courthouse following the decision, from cheers to others yelling “Shame! Shame!’’ Dalla Vedova felt the reaction was all positive.

“I don’t agree with your statement,’’ he told Lauer. “There were no critics outside."

As for the intense media spotlight, Dalla Vedova believes it only helped Knox's case.

“The media have changed the public opinion in the sense that they’ve moved it to the possibility of (Knox) being innocent in the last year,’’ he said. “So we actually are satisfied in how the media have handled this.’’

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Photos: Amanda Knox: Her long legal saga

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  1. Amanda Knox: Her long legal saga

    The long legal saga of Amanda Knox, an American student accused of the violent death of her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, has made headlines around the world since it began in Perugia, Italy, in late 2007.

    Reversal of fortune
    From left, Pierluigi Puglia, member of the British consulate in Italy; Stephanie Kercher, sister of the late Meredith Kercher; her brother, Lyle Kercher, and lawyer Francesco Maresca speak to the press in Florence on Jan. 31, 2014, the day after the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher in 2007 were reinstated in Italy. The verdict overturned Knox and Sollecito's successful appeal in 2011, which released them after four years in jail. (Franco Origlia / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Reconvicted

    Amanda Knox is shown here in Seattle after serving four years in prison after being convicted in a case involving the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito is shown here in Florence, Italy, on Jan. 20, 2014. Though both were acquitted on appeal and released in 2011, they were re-convicted of the murder on Jan. 30, 2014. (Splash News, AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Awaiting another verdict

    Raffaele Sollecito leaves court in Florence, Italy, on Jan. 30, 2014. The Italian ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox awaited the court's verdict in the retrial of both Knox and himself for the murder of Meredith Kercher more than two years after they were acquitted. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A new trial

    Francesco Maresca, lawyer for the family of Meredith Kercher, talks to reporters as he arrives for the start of Amanda Knox's second appeals trial in Florence, Italy, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Italy's highest court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, overturning their acquittals in the 2007 slaying of Kercher. (Francesco Bellini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Not going back

    Amanda Knox appeared on TODAY on Sept. 20, 2013, to discuss her upcoming retrial in Florence for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Knox maintained that she would not go back to Italy to face trial again: "It's not a possibility, as I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can't relive that," she told Matt Lauer. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A memoir

    Filled with details first recorded in the journals Amanda Knox kept while in Italy, "Waiting to be Heard," Knox's memoir, is set to be released on April 30, 2013. (HarperCollins via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Acquittal overturned

    Luciano Ghirga, lawyer of Amanda Knox, center, talks to journalists as he leaves Italy's Court of Cassation in Rome on March 26, 2013. Italy's highest criminal court overturned the acquittal of Amanda Knox in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial. The court ruled that an appeals court in Florence would have to re-hear the case against the American and her Italian-ex-boyfriend for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Home at last

    Amanda Knox makes remarks after arriving in Seattle a day after her release from prison in Italy on Oct. 4, 2011. She was acquitted of murder and sexual assault by an Italian appeals court after spending four years in custody over the killing of her British housemate, Meredith Kercher. At left is her father, Kurt Knox. (Dan Levine / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Welcome home

    Well-wishers greet Amanda Knox upon her arrival at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle a day after her release from prison in Italy on Oct. 4, 2011. (Dan Levine / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Tears of relief

    Amanda Knox cries after hearing the verdict that overturned her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court on Monday, Oct. 3. The Italian appeals court threw out Amanda Knox's murder conviction and ordered the young American freed after nearly four years in prison. (Pier Paolo Cito / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Home front

    Supporters of Amanda Knox react as they watch a news broadcast about her appeal verdict from a hotel suite in downtown Seattle on Oct. 3. (Elaine Thompson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sisterly support

    Amanda Knox's sister Deanna Knox, center, cries tears of joy in Perugia's Court of Appeal after hearing that Amanda won her appeal against her murder conviction on Monday in Perugia, Italy. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Closing arguments

    Amanda Knox, accused of the 2007 murder of her housemate Meredith Kercher, arrives in court as her appeal trial resumes in Perugia, on Sept. 30, 2011. Wrapping up the defense case, Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, points to alleged errors by police and urges a panel of lay and professional judges to look beyond how Knox has been portrayed by the media and the prosecution. (Tiziana Fabi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Hoping for her release

    Amanda Knox's lawyer, Luciano Ghirga (left), and her father, Curt Knox (right), use their mobile phones at the court during her Sept. 30, 2011, appeal trial session in Perugia. (Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Her fate in the balance

    Amanda Knox arrives at the court during her appeal trial session in Perugia, Italy, on Sept. 30, 2011. (Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Her ex-boyfriend

    Raffaele Sollecito attends his appeal hearing at Perugia's Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are awaiting the verdict of their appeal that could see their conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher overturned. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. He calls her 'she-devil'

    Carlo Pacelli (center), lawyer for Patrick Lumumba, (left) -- a barman who is seeking damages from Amanda Knox as part of a civil case running alongside her murder appeal -- speaks outside the Perugia courthouse on Sept. 26, 2011. Pacelli called Knox a "she-devil" and told the appeals court she destroyed Lumumba's image by falsely accusing him of the murder, testimony that helps prosecutors attack her credibility. Knox has said she wrongly implicated Lumumba under pressure from police. . (Mario Laporta / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Legal battleground

    Through the bars of holding cells, a view of the courtroom in Perugia on Sept. 6, 2011, before the resumption of the appeal trial of Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. (Fabio Muzzi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. New 'do

    Sporting a new, short haircut, jailed Amanda Knox attends a preliminary hearing in Perugia, Italy, on June 1, 2010. (Fabrizio Troccoli / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Awaiting sentence

    Amanda Knox is driven into court at midnight to hear the sentence in her murder trial on Dec. 5, 2009, in Perugia, Italy. Knox was convicted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher was sentenced to 26 years in prison. Her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also convicted of the murder charges. He was sentenced to 25 years. (Franco Origlia / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Pleading her case

    Amanda Knox looks on during a break in the closing arguments of the murder trial in Perugia, Italy on Dec. 3, 2009. She read a statement during her murder trial on Dec. 3, in Italiian saying, "I am afraid of having the mask of a murderer forced onto my skin." (Max Rossi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Police escort

    Murder suspect Amanda Knox, right, is escorted by a police officer as she arrives at Perugia's court, Italy, Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. Italian prosecutors have begun their closing arguments in her trial. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. The murder weapon?

    Prosecutor Manuela Comodi shows a knife during a hearing in the murder trial for Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, on Sept. 19, 2009. The knife, wrapped in plastic and kept in a white box, was shown to the eight-member jury during the trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. (Stefano Medici / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Victim in video

    At the trial of Amanda Knox, a music video that included an appearance by slain student Meredith Kercher was shown June 8, 2009. Kercher played the love interest in the video for the song "Some Say" by London musician Kristian Leontiou. The 2007 video was shot only weeks before Kercher died in Perugia, Italy, at age 21. (TODAY) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Boning up?

    Amanda Knox holds the Italian penal code book at the trial of slain British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, on Jan. 16, 2009. (Daniele La Monaca / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Back in court

    Amanda Knox, one of three suspects in the murder of Meredith Kercher, arrives at a Sept. 27, 2008 court hearing in Perugia, Italy. Kercher, a British student, was found dead in her Perugia flat on Nov. 1, 2007 with her throat cut. (Tiziana Fabi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Sister speaks out

    Stephanie Kercher reads a statement during a Sept. 15, 2008 press conference in Perugia, Italy as legal proceedings connected to the death of her sister, Meredith Kercher, approach a critical phase. (Antonio Calanni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. The victim's family

    Arline, mother of Meredith Kercher, answers newsmen questions flanked by Meredith's sister Stephanie, left, and brother Lyle, during a press conference in Perugia, Italy on April 18, 2008. (Leonetto Medici / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Headed to a hearing

    Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who along with Knox and Rudy Hermann Guede was held on suspicion in the murder of Knox’s housemate Meredith Kercher, is escorted by Italian police to a January 2008 hearing with magistrates. (Paolo Tosti / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Remembering Meredith

    A floral tribute with photographs of Meredith Kercher is shown at her funeral at Croydon Parish Church, South London on December 14, 2007. (Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Another suspect

    In December 2007, police in Germany arrested Rudy Hermann Guede, a native of the Ivory Coast, in connection with Meredith Kercher's murder. Here Guede is shown being led away by Italian police after arriving in Rome from prison in Germany. (Riccardo De Luca / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Arrested, then released

    Patrick Lumumba Diya, a Congolese man who owned a small bar in Perugia where Amanda Knox sometimes worked as a barmaid, was arrested after being implicated in the Meredith Kercher murder by Knox. However, he was released after another suspect, Rudy Hermann Guede, was arrested in the case. He is shown here leaving police headquarters with his lawyer on Nov. 20, 2007. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Under arrest

    Her cap pulled low, American student Amanda Knox was arrested on Nov. 6, 2007, for her alleged involvement in the brutal murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher. (Pietro Crocchioni / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Searching for clues

    Police forensics investigators examined Meredith Kercher's Italian house while a coroner conducted a post-mortem investigation on the slain student's body. (Chris Radburn / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. The murder scene

    On Nov. 5, 2007, the rented hillside home that murder victim Meredith Kercher had shared with fellow student Amanda Knox in Perugia, Italy was a crime scene. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Front-page news

    By Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 Meredith Kercher's gruesome murder was front-page news in the central Italian city of Perugia. (Chris Radburn / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. The day after

    Amanda Knox, a student from Seattle who had been living with Meredith Kercher in Perugia, was arrested Nov. 6, 2007 for her alleged involvement in Kercher’s murder. Also held by police was Knox’s Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Taken Nov. 2, the day Kercher was found dead, this picture shows the pair outside the rented house Knox shared with Kercher. (Stefano Medici / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. The murder victim

    Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old British exchange student, was found dead with her throat slit on Nov. 2, 2007 in her room in an apartment she shared with other exchange students in the Italian town of Perugia. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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