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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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It appears that the ex-owners are walking away scot-free and we the ratepayers are footing the unknown costs.
The company chief executive, who presided over this consumer larceny, is walking away scot-free, with a payoff bigger than the amount the company are paying in fines for their transgressions.
The governor should have insisted on getting a ticket, to set an example for the rest of the state, but his current example of walking away scot-free only proves money talks, malarkey walks.
Surely it is time our outdated laws were changed to bring bullies to book and stop them walking away scot-free from the suffering they've caused the victim and also the devastated families who are left to pick up the pieces.
Those officers lied in court when asked about how they tried to save my daughter and here they are just walking away scot-free from it all.
David Fleming, Unite national officer, added: "It's an utter disgrace for this wealthy banker to be walking away scot-free and avoiding any criminal investigation.