Virginia state law to change by one word

POSTED: 6:01 AM Feb 22 2013   UPDATED: 5:27 PM Feb 22 2013

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."