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Scott Free still never addressed

Posted by Dave Davis on August 07, 2000

Strangely enough, a conversation over where the phrase "Scott Free" originated led me on the Internet quest that led me here. On the introduciton, the moderator says that the phrase did not (as we had supposed) originate with the Dred Scott case - but no one ever went on from there to explain its origin.

Does anyone know? If Scott Free didn't originate from the Dred Scott case, where IS it from?