DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has asked county officials to halt an outside law firm’s wide-ranging investigation of county departments to ferret out corruption, saying it could taint potential criminal prosecutions.

James was out of state last week when interim county CEO Lee May announced he had hired former state attorney general Mike Bowers and others from Balch & Bingham as special investigators to conduct the probe. James said he met with May on Monday to express his concerns.

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