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go scot-free

To escape punishment for a crime or wrongdoing; to be acquitted of charges for a crime. Mark's wealthy senator uncle influenced the jury, and he ended up going scot-free. My younger sister caused endless trouble as a child, but because she was the baby of the house, she usually went scot-free.
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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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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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Even the 26/11 handlers in the Pakistani army have also gone scot-free.
Repressors of the people's movement have gone scot-free largely due to weaknesses of the political parties," said Pradeep Gyawali, senior leader of CPN-UML.
Dubey's younger brother Dhananjay Dubey said the convicted men were innocent and those responsible for the murder had gone scot-free.
Revelations are always necessary when they are followed up by actions," he said adding that numbers of serious revelations have been made and committees to investigate charges formed but some of the suspected officials were not fired but have gone scot-free.
With increasing incidents of violence against doctors by angry relatives or friends of a patient who has died in a hospital or nursing home, doctors have been appealing to the government to take action against the guilty who have always gone scot-free.
Consider the snowmelt once known as Martha Stewart, another indefatigable narcissist, reduced to a puddle of cake frosting for a mingy bit of insider trading while the gnomes of Enron have (so far) gone scot-free for the biggest robbery in US history.