I wound up my April article on the Peruta case with:
It will be interesting to see if the standard [for standing] suddenly gets lowered for HCI's benefit.
Well, color me impressed: The 9th Circuit denied intervention to everybody, including the state of California.
As Andrew Branca points out, this doesn’t really matter: other 2nd Amendment cases pending in the 9th already have more motivated defendants than the San Diego sheriff and will likely be appealed when the 9th rules against them.
Still, though, having had my side in this position, I can appreciate what must be California’s frustration.