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Nobel Prizes:

A litigator friend of mine asks me to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Come now -- shouldn't litigators prefer the Nobel Dynamite Prize? Leave the Peace Prize stuff for that fuzzy mediation crowd . . . .

Public_Defender:
I wonder what the Nobel committee would do if a large group of professors started nominating large numbers of people as a protest. Would that convince the committee to restrict nominations?

For instance, the professors on this blog could nominate all of their students. Then, the students could all put "nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize" on their resumes.

Why don't you all nominate each other? Maybe the potential of a Nobel nomination would entice Juan out of anonymity.

A more interesting protest might be to nominate every prisoner in a state.
12.5.2005 12:40pm
Sisyphus:
I think this sounds like a great gift, now that we are in the holiday season. Professors can nominate their family members, or others on their list, and give them a framed copy of the nominating letter.

It's a cheap gift for professors, but meaningful for the recipient. Now, if only it could be commercialized on a broad scale...
12.5.2005 1:51pm
chris (mail):
I think it's only the peace prize that doesn't already severely restrict who may nominate. Only in recent years have I started getting a letter from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences asking for a nomination in my field. Further, I don't know how it works in peace, but in my field, nominations are supposed to be secret. The top of the letter says "strictly confidential" and says "you are requested not to make your nomination known publicy known, or to inform the nominee."
12.5.2005 4:16pm
Tom952 (mail):
Six figure stipend. Actually, anyone can claim a nomination, and according to this, the fraud will not be revealed for fifty years.
12.5.2005 6:06pm
Gabriel Rossman (www):
NPR had a story today about how easy it is to get nominated:
12.5.2005 8:04pm
David Berke:
This is outstanding news. I am going to nominate each of my friends, who will in turn nominate me every year. Now THAT'S resume fodder.
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009....
12.6.2005 2:57am
Veggie_Burger (mail):
I guess this post isn't about whether Tookie ought to be executed, but instead about the insignificance of calling him a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. So, I won't make an argument about keeping him alive so that the royalties from his books can go toward paying restitution to his victims' families. But I point out that if he wins the million dollar peace prize then THAT money, too, can go to his victims' loved ones. Awarding Tookie the Nobel would represent little loss in prestige for the Peace Prize because it's held in such low regard by so many anyhow. The question is: How can the Nobel Peace Prize be redeemed or rehabilitated?
12.6.2005 5:19am
Yi Ling:
I've got a better idea - why don't you explain the point of bringing up Tookie's 'debriefing' and how that is relevant to his clemency plea. i.e. what's your position on the Save Tookie movement?

As you asked and as it did not seem clear to you, my position on Tookie is that he should be dealt with in accordance with the law and executed on December 13th 2005.

As far as clemency plea is concerned, I take the view that the clemency plea would have been worth considering if he had debriefed the authorities [ here, the district attorneys' report does not distinguish debriefing prior to trial, conviction and after] , and paraphrasing the district attorney's report arguing against clemency, inter alia [among other reasons] on the ground that, Williams had NOT provided substantial, in-depth insight into the history and structure of the Crips gang nor did he provide significant information relating to many unsolved crimes, including murders both inside and outside the prison walls, which information would have helped bring closure and some sense of justice to the families of many, many victims.

For direct quote refer to page 54 of 57 as follows:

William's refusal to debrief, and his characterization of the debriefing process as "snitching" clearly shows that Williams has not turned his back on the Crips gang, a gang he co-founded. No doubt Williams could provide substantial, in-depth insight into the history and structure of the Crips gang. Additionally, there can be little doubt that Williams could provide significant information relating to many unsolved crimes, including murders both inside and outside the prison walls. This information would help bring closure and some sense of justice to the families of many, many victims.


I look for substance, and the good work that Williams did with the children's internet campaign and writing, are not of the same substance as the provision of substantial, in-depth insight into the history and structure of the Crips gang, and provision of significant information relating to many unsolved crimes, including murders both inside and outside the prison walls, which would have helped bring closure and some sense of justice to the families of many, many victims."
As there is no substance in the clemency plea, in the absence of provision of substantial, in-depth insight into the history and structure of the Crips gang, and provision of significant information relating to many unsolved crimes, including murders both inside and outside the prison walls, which would have helped bring closure and some sense of justice to the families of many, many victims; I would agree that the clemency plea should be rejected and execution be carried out.

I raised the debriefing point, because, a glance at the district attorneys' report arguing against clemency for Tookie, showed that the most interesting point and substantial point for a clemency plea in such a case would be Tookie's opportunity , in the TWENTY FOUR [24 ] YEARS from conviction and pending the finalization or exhaustion of the appeal process, to provide substantial, in-depth insight into the history and structure of the Crips gang, and provide significant information relating to many unsolved crimes, including murders both inside and outside the prison walls, which would have helped bring closure and some sense of justice to the families of many, many victims.

I looked at the District attorneys' report mentioned as a closure to the core issue of the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination being tainted and mocked by several nominations of Tookie Williams for this prestigious prize. I do not think that any inappropriate nominations improperly disclosed for political motives of challenging and debating the death penalty , should be a cause for disparaging the Nobel Peace Prize nomination and award. Any grievance can be properly ventilated to the relevant authorities and appeals for changes be made in accordance with the procedure that is available and failing which, by court action in the proper court forum.

After looking further into the Tookie's nominations, it appears that, it is nominations from abroad that spurred the issue because of the political motive of challenging the death penalty as the European ideal of human rights which negates and abolishes the death penalty. The ideal of human rights premised on abolishing death penalty is a European ideal or for that matter that of the Swiss parliamentarian and that should remain their ideal, save for the states here that have abolished death penalty. Where states chose to retain death penalty, it is their right.

Professors who have aligned with the ideal of abolishing death penalty have acted improperly to use the Nobel peace process to change state laws on death penalty without using the state process. In so doing it has cast more disrepute to a political Nobel Peace Prize.

The state of conflict in the world, and the peace sought, and wars fought, in hot spots and regions, necessarily means that nominations for Nobel Peace Prize are necessarily premised on politics. Peace is not an ideal in an ideal world, and there is politicization. However, they remain a subject worthy of peace prize nominations nonetheless, and the context of politicization needs to be understood, and the parties or persons authorized to and invited to nominate the nominees for this Nobel Peace Prize, are assumed to have a grasp of the politicalisation process in this nomination and award process. There being no perfection in a non ideal world, the Nobel Peace Prize is, a realistic attempt to move mankind to peace, given the conflict that exists and continue to exist.
12.9.2005 11:55am