United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Friday April 17, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Leanna Smith v. State of Arizona

by Steven R. Isham M.A., L.B.S.W
Health Impact News

The contrast between the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the Arizona Juvenile Courts is the difference between transparency and darkness; the difference between fairness and corruption; the difference between hope and despair.

Walking into the courtroom the feeling is one of awe and respect. The decorum required in the court room is one of mutual respect and dignity of everyone involved. The architecture is marvelous with the marble walls, the vaulted ceilings, and the pew like seating gives an aura of the commitment to fairness and respectability. When one looks at the American flag, “Old Glory”, it is a true sign of everything our judicial system stands for.

The Panel of three Judges and their staff demonstrate a professionalism and equality between themselves and the participants. Nowhere in their behaviors or interactions is there a single instance of bias or impropriety. The Panel revealed a comprehensive understanding of the case, the evidence, and the issues to be resolved.

The defense attorneys and the plaintiff attorneys were well prepared and “all” the evidence was on the table for consideration. Nothing was withheld, nothing disregarded. The behavior of all the attorneys was so different than ever before. The viewer could see that their performance was raised to the level of importance in this setting.

The sheer volume of evidence that was provided to the Panel that was not provided to the Arizona Juvenile Court proceedings, was overwhelming in its quantity and critical importance. The fact that information and evidence was withheld from the Arizona Juvenile Court and subsequently provided to the Panel exposes the improprieties consistently spoken about by Arizona parents and families cursed with involvement with the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

The Arizona Juvenile Court system is the “antithesis” of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. It is completely inconceivable how the difference can be so glaring between the two courts and the standards of fairness while no one seems to care.

The one irrefutable fact remains: The Mother and the Father are innocent of any wrongdoing!

What’s next?
The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has up to ninety days to render the decisions on the two cases. The process was fair and now we will wait to discover if it is justice served.


  • Criminal complaints to be filed
  • Complaints to the Arizona Medical Board, the Arizona Psychology Board, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Watch the proceedings which were recorded in the courtroom:

The Leanna Smith Family story:

Corruption and Medical Malpractice Coverup involving Arizona CPS? How One Family was Destroyed