Top Heisman Trophy contender and Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton looks on prior to an NCAA college football game against Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. on Nov. 13. Mr. Newton has been embroiled in ethics-related controversy, but remains a favorite to win the coveted prize. Dave Martin/AP
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore looks to pass against Idaho in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Moscow, Idaho, on Nov. 12. Ted S. Warren/AP
Oregon running back LaMichael James (r.) is hit by the University of California's Trevor Guyton during the fourth quarter of their NCAA football game in Berkeley, California on Nov. 13. Kevin Bartram/Reuters
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon (r.) fends off Troy linebacker Donnell Golden during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. on Sept. 11. Brody Schmidt/AP
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton celebrates during the second half of an NCAA college football game against San Diego State in Fort Worth, Texas, on Nov. 13, 2010. Mike Fuentes/AP
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, front, escapes the grasp of Arizona State defensive end James Brooks during the second half of an NCAA football game in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 13. Matt York/AP
Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray (l.) evades Texas Tech defender Brian Duncan to score in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., on Nov. 13. Sue Ogrocki/AP
Nevada's Colin Kaepernick runs for a big gain against Fresno State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Fresno, Calif. on Nov. 13. Gary Kazanjian/AP
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor throws to a receiver against Penn State during the third quarter of their NCAA football game in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 13, 2010. Matt Sullivan/Reuters
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 13. Michael Conroy/AP
The South African government charged Eugene De Kock for killing dozens with anti-apartheid activists during that era. The Christian Science Monitor covered his 1996 trial.
BySudarsan Raghavan, Correspondent
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 30, 1996, edition of The Christian Science Monitor right before Eugene De Kock, head of a deadly apartheid state covert unit, was sentenced to two life terms and an additional 212 years in prison. The South African government granted him parole Friday after 20 years.