Anelia Carmila Sutton, known professionally as Anne Smith, born in the Republic of Panama, is an American writer, activist, humanitarian and bestselling author who co-authored Performance 360 with Richard Branson.
Anne is the Founder of the #ClearHerName Project and non-profit IRON Sharpens IRON Council.com, which began as a small community on Facebook Group. Over time, the small online community developed into a significant destination for inspiring people seeking to learn how to win justice after wrongful conviction. This launched Sutton’s career as a social justice activist and she adopted Anne Smith as a stage name because it’s so innocuous it would hide her legal prowess from corrupt officials. Anne is derived from Anelia’s childhood nickname given by her mother, Rosita Sutton, and Smith is chosen from the Matrix where Sutton playfully “make Agent Smith her b*tich by taking his name”.
Sutton was featured in over 240 media outlets and web portals including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, Huffington Post and Forbes. She is a U.S. Navy veteran with an Honorable Discharge, and received many medals and awards including America’s Premier Experts Award.
In Clear Her Name, Anne writes about a young woman who has her wisdom teeth removed and ends up in jail. The young woman is Anne’s daughter, committed to a state hospital, after being railroaded by a prosecutor who painted her daughter as a monster using false evidence in open court while the public defender allowed it to happen. Anne witnessed corruption firsthand – and experienced the pain of watching her daughter trapped between the crosshairs of two powerful entities –the Justice System and the mental health system. Anne sets out to uncover the truth through 8 years of legal research. Her failure will result in a certain prosecutor and public offender continue their reign of terror on other unsuspecting families. Success would mean bringing the lies to the public, and clearing her daughter’s name, and perhaps changing the justice system forever.
The Clear Her Name film is based on a true story that will resonate similarly to When They See Us a 2019 American crime drama television miniseries by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City; and For Life, an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg that premiered on ABC. The series is loosely based on the true story of Isaac Wright Jr., who was imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit. While incarcerated, he became an attorney and helped to overturn the wrongful convictions of twenty of his fellow inmates, before finally proving his own innocence.
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