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Virginia state law to change by one word

By Derek Stetzler, Producer, dstetzler@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 22 2013 05:01:42 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 04:27:25 PM CST

Virginia lawmakers have approved a one-word change in state law aimed at making it a little easier for wrongly convicted inmates to win exoneration.

Under the state's current law, an inmate can be exonerated based on new evidence, upon a finding that no rational judge or jury could have found sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt supporting a conviction.

The legislation approved Friday changes the word "could" to "would."