Former Sheriff Incarcerated for Refusing to Shut up about Guardianship Abuses

By Janet Phelan

As shock waves, initially engendered by the revelations of abuse in the high-profile conservatorship of pop star Britney Spears, begin to subside, another guardianship case has emerged of equally disturbing proportions. Seated in Nevada, this case reveals a level of relentlessness by the state as it strives to imprison two men who attempted to free a woman from a nursing home.

A writ of habeus corpus is circulating concerning the felony charges against Roger Hillygus and his associate, former Mineral County Sheriff and 30-year law enforcement veteran Stewart Handte. The charges stemmed from their trip to Stone Valley Alzheimer’s Special Care Center on August 8, 2019 and their subsequently escorting Susan Hillygus out of the facility, where her guardian had forcibly and non consensually placed her.

Handte was originally arrested in August of 2019 and released without bail. Initially charged with a number of felonies, the charges against him were subsequently reduced to a sole charge of “conspiracy.” Handte was rearrested on January 19, 2022 after apparently failing to adhere to an order to wear a GPS monitoring device and after allegedly violating a gag order, denying him any rights to discuss the case against him and against Roger Hillygus. The gag order was signed by Judge Barry Breslow. Stewart Handte has been in Washoe County Jail for over 80 days, subsequent to his re- arrest on January 19 and pending a possible trial in July of 2022.

In a hearing last week, Judge Breslow refused to lower Handte’s $50,000 bail, which Handte is unable to pay. As Handte has no prior convictions and as he is charged with a “crime” that does not entail violence, the amount of bail appears contrary to Nevada guidelines. Handte has medical problems which are reportedly not being addressed in jail.

During the hearing, Judge Breslow queried Handte as to why others weren’t fronting his bail for him, stating, “the fact that they are reluctant (to bail you out) to me suggests that they are worried you would not show up for court and they would lose their bail.”

Stewart Handte responded that his potential supporters are, in fact, scared about the persona that the media is disseminating about him.

The judge appeared not to accept this, insisting that he “doesn’t understand what they would be scared of.”

Breslow refused to lower the bail.

The Petition for Habeus Corpus, constructed on Handte’s behalf by US INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, ADEQUACY ASSURANCE CONSTITUTIONAL/LAW & LAW ENFORCEMENT RESEARCH/RIGHTS GROUP, declares that no grand jury indictment exists to determine Susan Hillygus’s competence nor to find cause to dissolve Roger Hillygus’s familial rights to visit with and travel with his mother. The petition states that “If there was not ‘grand jury due process of law without indictment/jury trial’ regarding the matters of liberties/rights of Mr and Mrs Hillygus prior to the outing/visit on or about August 2019, it is impossible the actions of Mr Hillygus and Mr Handte are charged with were violations of our law…”

Over 1 million Americans are currently under guardianship, a process which is increasingly considered to be rife with financial and civil rights abuses. The petition for Habeus Corpus states that “…there is in fact an epidemic of organized crime enterprises using our courts to fraudulently impose ‘purported probate authority’ to jurylessly, and indictmentlessly seize persons, properties, and contractual liberties, in violation of law, RICO ACTS, Major Crimes Acts, etc., for illegal profiteering/racketeering, DENYING JURY TRAIL AND INDICTMENT DUE PROCESSES OF LAW TO ENGAGE IN THEFT RACKETS AND ORGANIZED CRIME….”

Roger Hillygus’s whereabouts are currently unknown, prompting rumors that he is in hiding or has left the country. His mother, Susan Hillygus, passed away in October of 2019.

The District Attorney in Washoe County denies any “vendetta” against Stewart Handte. “That’s ridiculous,” stated Chief Investigator Michelle M. Bays in the Investigations Division of the Washoe County District Attorney’s office.

Consistent with mounting concerns that many judges are receiving under the table monies in order to throw cases, a review was made of some of Judge Barry Breslow’s financial transactions, vis a vis his financial disclosures to the state of Nevada and recorded documents on the Washoe County Grantor Grantee index. The following email was sent to the Washoe County Presiding Judge on March 27, 2022.

Dear Judge Freeman,

I am a reporter with Activist Post. I am writing you with some concerns about Judge Barry Breslow’s finances.

Our investigation into Breslow’s mortgage history and more was prompted by some of his actions on the bench, associated with the Stewart Handte matter. Briefly, it does not appear that Handte has been arraigned. Is this perception accurate? If so, how can that be?

I am also concerned as to the bail set for Handte by Judge Breslow. If this is the law concerning the setting of bail, https://law.justia.com/codes/nevada/2010/title14/chapter178/nrs178-484.html how can a bail of $50,000 be explained?

Looking at Judge Breslow’s mortgage history, I am most uncomfortable with both the amount of loans he is taking out and the inexplicable rapidity in which they are paid back. (See attached)

For example, a loan for $700,000 was taken out on 3/24/2020 and paid back about a year later. While this loan was still extant, he took out another $700,000 loan. In addition, he reports on his financial disclosures that he has borrowed about $40,000 from a fellow attorney, one Michael Sullivan. What are all these loans for? How can he be paying back a $700,000 loan in one year on a judge’s salary?

Thank you for your attention to these concerns. I plan to write an article referencing these questions and would appreciate hearing back from you as soon as possible.

Janet Phelan



At the time of going to press, no reply has been received.

Other individuals have been arrested on similar charges. New York attorney Barbara Stone was jailed on multiple occasions on charges stemming from her taking her guardianized mother to lunch. She subsequently fled the jurisdiction and was ultimately extradited to Florida, where she was incarcerated for over two years.

Nellie Lopez and Patty Reid were also arrested for removing their disabled children from the state jurisdiction. Attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner was permanently disbarred and served prison time apparently for “intimidating” a judge.

A number of attorneys have had their licenses to practice law suspended or revoked due to their efforts to help those under guardianship, including Illinois attorneys Ken Ditkowsky and Joanne DenisonBob Grundstein and Grant Goodman.

Janet Phelan has been on the trail of the biological weapons agenda since the new millennium. Her book on the pandemic, At the Breaking Point of History: How Decades of US Duplicity Enabled the Pandemic, has been published in 2021 by Trine Day and is available on Amazon and elsewhere. Her articles on this issue have appeared in Activist Post, New Eastern Outlook, Infowars and elsewhere. Educated at Grinnell College, UC Berkeley and the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism, Janet “jumped ship” and since 2004 has been writing exclusively for independent media. Her articles previously appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Oui Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Santa Monica Daily Press and other publications. She is the author of the groundbreaking expose, EXILE and two books of poetry. She resides abroad. You may follow Janet on Parler here @JanetPhelan. To support her work, please go to JanetPhelan.

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