Corinthian Colleges to be monitored by ex-U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald

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Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald agreed to serve as an independent monitor of Corinthian Colleges Inc, the struggling for-profit education company that agreed to sell or close its campuses, the U.S. Department of Education said on Friday.

Fitzgerald, 53, is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which he joined in 2012 after a decade as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago.

As a prosecutor, he won the convictions of former Illinois governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich; and the conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, related to the leak of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity.

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