By Ashley Kelly and Peter Dujardin, The Daily Press,
Freedom of information isn't always free — or easy.
Curtis M. Penn, 38, of Hampton, strangulated himself in September with a shoe string while being held at the Hampton Sheriff's Office lockup — the first suicide there in 18 years. That day, one of Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts' top assistants, Col. Karen Bowden, was requested and promised the Daily Press a copy of the suicide report once it was complete.
But since we asked for the document on May 4, we've met resistance.
Neither Roberts nor Bowden replied to an initial phone call and e-mail request. When Bowden finally returned a second voice mail left more than a week later, she said that because the incident is the subject of a lawsuit, it was "secure" and could not be released.