|USA||DEATH ROW NUN A FAVOURITE FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE|
The nun who inspired the Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking is emerging as a front runner for the Nobel Peace Prize for her increasingly effective campaign against the death penalty.|
Sister Helen Prejean, 62, from Louisiana, has been nominated for the prize by members of the Inter Parliamentary Union, and has been backed by David Trimble and John Hume, the Northern Ireland leaders who won the prize two years ago.
From her one-bedroom flat in a New Orleans ghetto, the nun has campaigned for 16 years to stop all executions in America.
Amid growing concern that innocent people in addition to a disproportionate number of members of ethnic minorities are being executed, President Clinton decided on Friday to postpone what would have been the first execution by the federal government since 1963.
"For the first time we are beginning to move into a situation where politicians are not sure they can get political points for the death penalty," said Sister Prejean. "All life is precious. You can't make a distinction between innocent life and guilty life."