Capital court martial

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biggolf

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Thai
Hi guys, I'm reading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and came across this term "capital court martial" and wondering what it means.

Here's the context. [ "I'll have you before a capital court martial. I'll have your name disgraced throughout the world if you're wrong." ]

This is a conversation between a colonel and military police. I know what court martial is but didn't find a clear cut answer to capital court martial. I suspect it has something to do with death sentence but I can't be sure. Please help. Thank you very much.
 
  • pob14

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    American English
    A quick Google search suggests that you are right; it means a court-martial in which there is the possibility of capital punishment. (I would use the hyphen, but who am I to argue with Card?)

    Edit: GMF and I apparently found some of the same sites.
     
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