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Commonwealth v. White

Pennsylvania Superior Court

May 5, 2021

In Commonwealth v. White, the defendant appealed his conviction of tampering with evidence. He argued that the court costs and supervision fees should have been reduced or waived based on his financial means and ability to pay. The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed and cited Commonwealth v. Lopez, 2021 PA Super 51 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2021) (en banc), for the proposition that “nothing in the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Sentencing Code, or established case law takes that discretion away from the trial court unless and until a defendant is in peril of going to prison for failing to pay the costs imposed on him.”

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