Nancy Grace (left) and Amanda Knox
10/05/2011 at 09:00 AM EDT
Nancy Grace doesn't see an innocent young woman in Amanda Knox, who was tried and convicted
of the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher – and then set free
Monday after a successful appeal.
"I think that it was a miscarriage of justice," Grace told PEOPLE Monday night after performing a waltz on Dancing with the Stars
. "I only hope that Ms. Knox makes something of her life now because she's certainly been given a second chance."
She added, "Very few people are given the chance that she has been given today."
Knox, a University of Washington student who had been studying in Perugia, Italy, had faced a sentence of 26 years in prison, but the appeals court later overturned the most serious charges.
If Grace's crisp verdict on the matter sounds familiar, that's because her reaction to another massive case starring another young woman was even more fierce
. Grace famously didn't hold back when it came to her opinions on the trial of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of murdering
her young daughter, Caylee. Said Grace at the time: "The devil is dancing tonight."
Reporting by MICHELE STUEVEN