Failed Mark Norman prosecution cost Canadian government $1.4 million in legal costs

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OTTAWA — The federal government rang up more than $1.4 million in legal costs during the failed prosecution of retired vice-admiral Mark Norman. Revealed this week by Justice Minister David Lametti in a written response to a question from the official Opposition Conservatives, the figure is the first to put any kind of dollar amount to the high-profile and politically charged case. Lametti did not provide any further details about the costs — including whether the figure included the cost of covering Norman’s legal fees, which the government has said it would pay.