Trial Begins For Ohio Police Chief Accused Of Snooping On Sarah Jessica Parker's Surrogate

Monday, Nov 16, 2009  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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Trial Begins for Cops Accused of Snooping on SJP Surrogate

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Not one, but two budding fashionistas were born June 22 via surrogate to "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker and Broadway regular Matthew Broderick. The twin girls, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, join the family's firstborn, 6-year-old brother, James.

Jury selection has begun in the trial of one of two Ohio police chiefs accused of snooping on the woman who carried twins for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

Barry Carpenter is on suspension as chief in Martins Ferry, the eastern Ohio town where the surrogate lived. Carpenter and Chief Chad Dojack from nearby Bridgeport are accused of conspiring to steal items from the woman's home and sell them to celebrity photographers.

Opening statements could follow jury selection that began Monday in Carpenter's trial on multiple felonies, including burglary and receiving stolen property.

Dojack's trial is set for January. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Carpenter could face 21 1/2 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

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