walk away scot-free

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walk away scot-free

To escape from some predicament, accusation, or wrongdoing without incurring any penalty or punishment; to be acquitted of all charges for some crime or crimes. It sickens me that all these bankers who ruined our economy get to walk away scot-free, while millions of people have suffered as a result. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ended up walking away scot-free.
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But society often forgets that it takes two to tango and while the woman may pay the legal and social penalties, the man involved more often than not walks away scot-free.
When he walks away scot-free, Debbie wonders how her father keeps avoiding prison and is shocked to learn the truth - Cain is a police informant.
We have to be fair to communities that have been offended against by making sure no one walks away scot-free and they pay back those to whom they have brought so much despair, anger and damage.
And the City, which literally leases thousands of square feet of commercial space, walks away scot-free.
Also, a chief constable's wife found slumped over the wheel of her car, drunk - goes to court, walks away scot-free.
Yet he walks away scot-free with a pay-out and I face a life sentence of constantly looking over my shoulder in case he comes after me again.