CHARLES POSTELL, arrested by GBI after his home office was searched illegally while agents were in his home under pretense of protecting Postell and his family, became his own best story. A storied and notorious career as an investigative journalist had led to being framed by the state law agency he’d often written unflattering articles for The Albany Herald, where he was state editor. US District Judge Wilbur Owens – who hadn’t been a fan of Postell’s but knew dirt when he saw it – ruled the search had been illegal and violated 4th amendment rights. The Albany Herald’s publishers, Jim Gray, Sr. and his son Jim Gray, Jr. filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against the GBI on behalf of Postell.
Charles Postell, investigative journalist and state editor for The Albany Herald, faced charges of aiding and abetting a death row escape from Georgia State Prison after the state police agency illegally searched his home office under the guise of being present to protect Postell and his family from escapees.
Investigative Journalist Charles Postell had an ongoing war with the GBI, which culminated with the state law agency framing him and wife Judi for aiding and abetting a death row escape.
Postell’s career as an investigative journalist included many exposes on law officials, and agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). After 4 inmates escaped from Georgia State Prison’s Death Row, they claimed to be protecting Postell and his family, arriving at the Postell home with guns and staying overnight.
Postell caught one of the agents rifling through his office files in the middle of the night. The next day the agents returned with a search warrant and went directly to the files which had been pilfered.
Charges were brought against Postell and wife Judi, but later dismissed following an FBI sting which foiled an extortion attempt.
This led to a $5.5 million lawsuit against the GBI for illegal search and seizure, opening up open discourse about 4th amendment rights violations
Charles Postell died in March 2008. Reporter JD Sumner wrote this piece on the former Herald state editor