Court says Tempe can boot ‘squatter’ from long-disputed land

By Richard Ruelas | Arizona Republic

He has waged a 15-year battle to stay on land he claims has been in his family for more than a century, a fight he has waged without the paperwork to definitively prove that claim.

But on Thursday, Steve Sussex lost yet another legal battle when an appellate court ruled the city of Tempe had the right to eject him from the land.

The fate of the parcel was not clear. Tempe did not immediately comment on its plans. Sussex’s attorney, Jack Wilenchik, said he intended to appeal the decision to the Arizona Supreme Court.

“The battle is not over,” he said.

Though Tempe won the legal argument to eject Sussex, it still is barred by a court order from doing so until appeals are exhausted. 

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