walk away scot-free

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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It is unacceptable for rape, murder and paternity suspects to be held too long or walk away scot-free across Kenya because the Government Chemist is slow and or incompetent.
IT seems very likely that some Carillion workers and their sub contractors will end up on the sacrificial alter of capitalism whilst the greedy and incompetent fat cats walk away scot-free.
DEAR Editor, It seems very likely that some Carillion workers and their subcontractors will end up on the sacrificial altar of capitalism whilst the greedy and incompetent fat cats walk away scot-free.
Sometimes it means allowing the most brutal dictators to walk away scot-free, never brought to account.
How come, often, those guilty of criminal negligence walk away scot-free.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said hundreds of women are butchered in the name of honor all over the country and killers walk away scot-free in the absence of tougher laws, which could hold them accountable and award exemplary punishment.
VOTES were still being counted overnight but bookies reckon the rest of Britain will not walk away Scot-free this morning after the big referendum vote.
He fears for his family and has little faith in police protection, leaving the gangster confident he'll walk away scot-free.
If they are allowed to walk away scot-free, it is going to be an extremely bad precedent.
Banks are merciless in such cases, arguing that they would be over-run if they allowed a single debt defaulter to walk away scot-free, despite many of them having had to beg for help themselves at the height of the latest global recession.
PAT Fenlon's move to Dundee United is dead in the water after he was advised he could not walk away scot-free from his contract at Bohemians.
I'm not going to have someone like that come in and abuse my staff in front of me on my own pitch and then abuse my players as well and think he is going to walk away scot-free.
You have to ask the question what do you have to do -- I got a yellow for celebrating and then other people will walk away scot-free.
Instead, they are encouraged to hope that by Congressional fiat, they will be able to defy regulation, statute, tradition and every venerable precept of common law-and walk away scot-free.
It seems so easy for anyone to point the finger at a famous target then, when the claims are proved false, walk away scot-free.