Capital court martial

biggolf

Member
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

    Senior Member
    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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