To beat the rap

to be acquitted of an accusation; - especially, by some sly or deceptive means, rather than to be proven innocent.

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Acquittal is the most important outcome, but not a complete win: Paxton would like to beat the rap in a way that boosts his political fortunes.
But when the moral high ground is being ascended by football managers, specifically Jose Mourinho, then you don't need to hire Mike Mansfield QC to beat the rap.
He argues the criminals are making mugs of Scotland by employing bent accountants, clever lawyers and the defences afforded by the legal system to beat the rap and keep making cash.
The first series of Boardwalk Empire ended with mobster Arnold Rothstein fleeing to Scotland to beat the rap for fixing the 1919 baseball world series.
Their latest case involves a serial killer who is murdering vicious criminals who managed to beat the rap.
KERRY football star Aodan MacGearailt is set to beat the rap on a hamstring injury and line out for An Ghaeltacht next weekend.
To beat the rap, Allen had to commit himself to the care of psychiatrists at Payne Whitney.