On August 26, Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled in favor of the Alan Keyes faction of the American Independent Party. The case is called King v Bowen, 34-2008-80000016. Judge Kenny said that the Chuck Baldwin faction of the party should have filed the lawsuit sooner. Also he said the Baldwin faction should have served Alan Keyes as an indispensible party. Therefore, the California ballot will list Alan Keyes as the presidential nominee of the American Independent Party, not Chuck Baldwin.
It is probably too late for the Chuck Baldwin faction of the party to appeal the ruling on which presidential candidate should be on the November ballot. However, the American Independent Party activists who brought the lawsuit are free to bring a new lawsuit, over who the legitimate party officers are. At the hearing, the Chuck Baldwin faction argued that its state convention on June 28 was legitimately called, and the Alan Keyes faction of the party did not seem to contest that point. The case was dismissed without prejudice, which means that the substantive issues have not yet been addressed. Here is the court website. Click on the link. Then choose the “Department” option, and enter Department 31 and the date 08/26/2008. Click “search”. There will be a court web page link to the decision near the bottom of the screen.