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in a unanimous decision, the justices reversed a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court that reversed a wrongful death verdict against a county. Jinks v. Richland County, South Carolina, No. 02-258. The state court had held that the state law claims were untimely because 28 U.S.C. 1367, which tolls the statute of limitations for supplemental state claims during the pendency of related federal court claims, was unconstitutional as applied to claims filed against a state’s political subdivisions in a state court. Remanding, the high court ruled that the application of § 1367 to claims brought against a political subdivision is constitutional because it does not exceed Congress’ enumerated powers. Scalia wrote the court’s opinion.

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