Clock is ticking for Tempe ‘squatter’ after Arizona Supreme Court refuses to take appeal

By Richard Ruelas | Arizona Republic

A man who has battled for the right to stay on an increasingly valuable parcel of land near Tempe’s downtown was a step closer to being booted from the property Wednesday as the state’s highest court announced it had refused to hear the case.

Steve Sussex, since the mid-2000s, has waged a legal fight — one in which his victories have been few — to stay on the land he considers his birthright.

The state of Arizona won ownership of half the parcel in 2010. With Wednesday’s decision by the Arizona Supreme Court not to intervene, Tempe’s claim for the remaining parcel remains.


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