The Principles Of Legitimacy And The Justice System Essay

2214 Words Dec 11th, 2016 9 Pages
According to Gladwell (2013) he defines the principles of legitimacy as, “people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice- that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another” (p 208). I noticed a discrepancy in research I found on the principles of legitimacy that made me want to further my research on the topic. I wanted to justify how legitimacy can be dismissed in our justice system when it comes to rape victims. With the justice system being our back bone it is in place to protect citizens, as well as impose penalties on those who do violate the law. Jaycee Duggard is one of the many victims, kidnapped on June 10, 1991 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Other victims of rape that have been failed by our justice system would be Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. They were kidnapped in 2002 and held captive for ten years by Ariel Castro.
A police officer, a judge, the judicial system, state laws, and federal laws are all there to keep peace and order, with the principles of legitimacy a person can assume they will be able to trust the law, that the use of power will not be abused or neglected to protect citizens in our society. The following paragraphs will build on the idea how rape victims can feel…

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