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walk free

1. To be released from custody without being charged or after having been acquitted of a crime. After one of the country's lengthiest and most contentious trials, the defendant will finally be walking free. The notorious gangster walked free yesterday after police confirmed they were unable to charge him with a crime due to lack of evidence.
2. To be released from prison after having served one's sentence. Many are outraged that the convicted killer will walk free after just two years in prison due to giving evidence against his fellow gang members.
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walk free

be released from custody having been exonerated.
2005 The Register An Irish businessman walked free last week after a UK court found him not guilty of multi-million pound VAT offences.
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walk ˈfree

be allowed to leave a court of law, etc., without receiving any punishment: Family and friends of the victim were stunned as the man who they believed was guilty walked free.
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And with the revelation this week that Theresa May is likely to scrap the independent panel into historic sex abuse, they look likely to remain walking free all the way to the grave.
The first was a Stockton youth worker who was jailed after continuing to sell drugs after walking free from court.
Mr Lithman said: "Without wishing to alarm the public, the impact of cuts will mean more cases collapse with murderers, rapists and child-sex offenders walking free.
CRIMINALS WALKING FREE THEN BEING HAULED BACK IN YEARLY TOTALS/ INDIVIDUAL PRISON TOTALS CRIMINALS RELEASED ON TAG RECALLS FOR TAG BREACHES TOTAL 5548 1191 2012 1873 386 2011 1874 401 2010 1801 404 HMP Aberdeen 211 30 HMP Addiewell 599 130 HMP Barlinnie 1133 280 HMP Cornton Vale 330 63 HMP Dumfries 70 12 HMP Edinburgh 623 108 HMP Glenochil 303 64 HMP Greenock 310 71 HMP Inverness 229 51 HMP Kilmarnock 356 107 HMP Low Moss 159 34 Open Estate 262 20 HMP Perth 491 123 Peterhead 59 12 Polmont 364 76 Shotts 0 0
EMERGENCY laws to prevent Liverpool gangsters walking free from court after a shock legal ruling cleared the Commons last night, as MPs were warned that hundreds of cases were at risk of collapsing.
WALKING FREE FROM COURT: Danielle Wails, who killed her baby, escaped a prison sentence yesterday.
THE thought of a man like Peter Sutcliffe walking free in 2010 simply goes to prove that this country urgently needs a real deterrent for such monsters.
JUST weeks after walking free from prison, Gary Vinter had taken another life.
To see clearly guilty people walking free is just awful.
Back in Carraigstown Carol, played by Aisling O'Neill, finds she has nothing to cerebrate despite walking free and saving her son Lorcan's neck.
I want to know why he is walking free and pleading his innocence when he was found guilty at both of the trials.
I READ with interest your article concerning a woman walking free from a Magistrates Court having been convicted of assaulting two Police Officers and other violence offences.
After walking free, Buggy said: "This has been a terrible strain on everyone involved.
The elderly mum, whose 19-year-old daughter Paula was killed by a drink driver, said she was appalled that drivers accused of drinking behind the wheel were walking free.