get away scot-free

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get 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 that ruined our economy get away scot-free, even though they caused millions of people to suffer. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ending up getting away scot-free.
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This lad has had to endure two years of living hell, accused of a crime he didn't commit, fingers pointing wherever he went, while the accuser who gets away scot free and with total anonymity.
I wonder if fewer people are reporting crime as it seems the offender usually gets away scot free.
Clubs can face charges of not controlling spectators or if the person responsible gets away scot free.
Instead they chose a charge of carelessness and he gets away scot free while my life is utterly in shreds.
BAA-REATHTAKING: Pieter Muller gets away Scot free as the select side gives a command performance at Murrayfield