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Iowa drugs appeal case headed to Supreme Court


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- An Iowa drug case headed to the Supreme Court could change the way federal judges sentence convicts after they appeal.

It comes down to judges being able to weigh a convict's efforts at rehabilitation while an appeal is pending.

The case involves 31-year old Jason Pepper, arrested in 2003 in Akron on meth charges. Pepper was an admitted addict who pleaded guilty, served a sentence and was released.

However, prosecutors have appealed the sentence, claiming it wasn't tough enough.

Pepper's attorneys said judges should be allowed to consider a defendant's rehabilitation, and added that Pepper is off meth, is holding down a job and has a child on the way.

The arguments are scheduled for Dec. 6th.

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