Basically a person say has been convicted of murder. He did it. He bribes witnesses and manufactures evidence to clear himself while in jail.

  • Are you specifically looking for a word for this exact situation? I don’t think there’s a word for this that doesn’t also apply to someone who bribes witnesses, etc., during trial and manages to get off scot-free without ever being convicted. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 7 at 23:48
  • I suspect there is a single word which describes this situation. But you can use phrase: Got acquitted by bribery. – Ubi hatt Mar 10 at 8:02

What is the word or words for when a person gets himself falsely exonerated for a crime?

to get off TFD an idiom

To cause someone to receive a less severe punishment or avoid punishment altogether. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "off."

As in:

Do you really think you can get this guy off with a lighter sentence?


To receive a less severe punishment or avoid punishment altogether.

As in:

I can't believe that known criminal got off with such a light sentence.

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    I'm not sure "got off" implies guilt; I think you could someone who is innocent was got off when found not guilty. Unlike "get away with", which means they are guilty but avoided punishment. (But isn't specific to the questioner's case.) – James Random Mar 10 at 0:06

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