Ex-NASA Official Stadd: I Was Only Following Orders

NASA’s former chief of staff and White House liaison, Courtney Stadd, has gone on trial on charges of enriching himself by steering government money to Mississippi State University. The AP reports:

Courtney Stadd says he was only carrying out the orders of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin when he insisted that $12 million for earth science research be spent in Mississippi.

Prosecutors charged in opening statements Monday that Stadd was lining his own pockets by trying to get the money to his client, Mississippi State University, and lying to ethics officials about it. The school ended up with $9.6 million.

Stadd faces 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.