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go 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 to go scot-free, while millions of people have suffered as a result. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ending up going scot-free.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go scot-free

 and get off scot-free
to go unpunished; to be acquitted of a crime. (This scot is an old word meaning "tax" or "tax burden.") The thief went scot-free. Jane cheated on the test and got caught, but she got off scot-free.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get off/go ˌscot-ˈfree

(informal) escape from a situation without receiving the punishment you deserve: It seemed so unfair that she was punished while the others got off scot-free!This idiom comes from the old English word sceot, meaning a ‘tax’. People were scot-free if they didn’t have to pay the tax.
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go scot-free, to

To be let off without penalty or punishment. This expression has nothing to do with Scotland, but rather with the early meaning of scot, that is, a tax assessment. Thus scot-free meant not having to make such a payment, and later was extended to mean being exempted from other kinds of obligation, including punishment. The earliest use of the term dates from the Magna Carta of 1215. Later it was transferred to nonlegal issues, as in Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela (1740): “She should not, for all the trouble she has cost you, go away scot-free.”
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simply be ignored and culprits allowed to go scott free.
Two other special courts for Gender Based Violence and Child Protection were also said to be in process of being established in each district of the country to address the issues that could not simply be ignored and culprits allowed to go scott free. Reiterating that focus is equally on speedy trial, CJP said special benches of revenue court have also bee set up which was claimed to have helped recovery of Rs.43 crore.
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In the Philippines one hears from whispers of sexual harassment and abuses and how perpetrators go scott free - by resigning from their jobs, leaving a professional organization before the ethics committee comes up with their findings and recommendation for expulsion, settling with victims with monetary payments and enforcing silence in return and with well-paid lawyers tie up the cases in court until the victims run out of resources.
He said that the perpetrator go scott free despite the efforts by the Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority (PEPRA) to put a check.
Concept of broadening tax net does not seem to be taking off and the entire burden of the revenue remains on salaried people and the business community and that too only on a microscopic minority who maintain their books of Accounts while the rest go scott free. We have repeatedly been asking for the taxation of income wherever it accrues but no serious efforts have been made in this direction although there is great potential of tax collection from agriculture and services sector as per their reported contribution to GNP.
Those responsible for exodus from Bangalore will not go scott free," Singh told the media here.