Chuck Rosenthal has been gone from the District Attorney's Office for several weeks now.
The Ibarra Brothers case settled. The campaign went on for the D.A.'s race.
Nobody is under the delusion that the community's faith in the Office has been restored, but I can't help but notice that things are starting to take their first "baby steps" back toward normalcy.
Courts are back in trial. Assistant D.A.'s aren't nervously gathering in the halls and asking each other "have you heard anything?"
Today, there were numerous media trucks in front of the CJC, and they weren't there to cover something bad that Chuck had done -- they were there to report on a case. It was a pleasant surprise and a nice change.
The stories of scandals have trickled to a stop. Even in the Chronicle!
There is still a long road ahead of the District Attorney's Office to restore the public faith, one that will take years (if not a decade).
But could it possibly be that when Chuck left, he took the vast majority of his baggage with him?