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And that's the real problem here. It's clearly stated that it was people's mistrust which caused the corruption and not the other way around, and yet, nothing that happened in Turnabout for Tomorrow should logically solve that. Actually, it'd probably make things worse. So no matter what you do against corruption, the root of the problem (the mistrust) is still there.
Also, there's no real reason why admitting that Blackquill trial was a mess should be the first step to solve all the corruption, other than to make the two persons who allegedly started the Dark Age of Law end it poetically. For starters, nobody thought that there was something fishy with Blackquill's trial before Phoenix exposed it. And you'd think that the Chief Prosecutor of all people would have the power to do something about the corruption in the Prosecutor's Office regardless of the conviction of some specific prosecutor who was found guilty of murder, not of forging evidence, pressing false charges (No, really, this part is hilarious. The fact that prosecutors press false charges is considered a part of the Dark Age of Law. In a game about defending people against false charges.) or anything related to his job.
So, the Dark Age of Law is basically a not-very-well thought excuse to give Nick his badge back and tie him to the the plot.
I'm going to take the bold portions in turn, because I think they're worth addressing individually.
The mistrust likely led to further corruption. The AA court system was corrupt well before the mistrust that came about as a result of the DAotL, so it certainly doesn't make since for mistrust to be the root cause of everything. The implication that I got from the game is that the increased mistrust in the court system (due to Phoenix and Blackquill falling from grace) led to things being more corrupt than they were before. Sort of a snowball effect. The courts are moderately corrupt, so people don't trust them, so prosecutors don't see a reason to even try to uphold a sense of justice, and the cycle continues. Which leads me to my next point, tackling the second bolded section...
...if corruption is, ultimately, at the root of the problem, or at the very least part of the snowball effect then it does make sense as to why dealing with that would help. If the Prosecutor's office comes out and admits "Hey, we screwed up," and tries to make its proceedings more transparent, then that stops the snowball effect and allows trust to be rebuilt over time. Again, it's certainly not an instant fix, but it's the first step in the right direction.
Moving to the third and final bolded section, I'd argue you actually listed why admitting the Blackquill trial was a mess helps the problem in your own post. Consider this; if Blackquill is viewed by the public as a symbol of sorts of the corrupt nature of the justice system, getting the correct ruling in that case essentially tears down one of the biggest symbols of the courts being corrupt. It's a way to make a statement, so to speak. How do you demonstrate to the public that you're serious about undoing corruption? By making sure the guy who's viewed as one of the biggest symbols of corruption gets a fair ruling.
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