2008 may very well usher in the start of the Pellicano wiretapping trial at long last and as soon as February 27th. Yes, it was easy to forget that this court case still existed given how many, many times the trial has been postponed. (Three in all…) The latest news is that a federal judge right before the weekend refused to throw out evidence in the government’s case against the Hollywood private eye. Some of that evidence included recordings of Anthony Pellicano’s telephone conversations that were seized in the raid on his Sunset Strip offices four years ago. One of the five separate motions nixed by the judge sought to have the entire criminal indictment dismissed. “We are extremely pleased with the court’s ruling,” said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. One of Pellicano’s five co-defendants, bigwig showbiz attorney Terry Christensen, may appeal the ruling. Pellicano, who has pleaded not guilty, has been sitting in jail all this time. So February will have the strike and the Oscars and the Pellicano trial?