TWIN FALLS, Idaho -

A District Court judge has ruled that embattled Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson is no longer in control of the state's Republican Party.

Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker says Peterson's two-year term expired when the state's chaotic GOP convention adjourned earlier this year without electing a new leader. Stoker made the ruling Tuesday in Twin Falls County.

Peterson had sued two party officers to maintain control of Idaho's divided GOP after a meeting was called to elect new party officers.

The judge ruled the Aug. 2 meeting can go on as scheduled.

State party chairmen are typically appointed during the party's convention. However, political infighting between far-right conservatives and traditional Republicans resulted in a failure to vote on leaders, resolutions or party platforms at Idaho's GOP convention.