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Erik Ortiz

Erik Ortiz is a staff writer for NBC News focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.

Erik Ortiz is a staff writer for NBC News focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.

Latest from Erik Ortiz

5d ago

Family of slain S.C. mother, son breaks silence: We 'don't really know of any enemies'

The Murdaughs, a prominent family with a long legal legacy, are in the spotlight after the slayings of Paul Murdaugh and his mother, Margaret, and the death of a family patriarch.

Chris Jones, a nuclear engineer and political newcomer, enters Arkansas governor's race

Candidates like Jones could ride a recent wave of people of color with limited political experience running for and getting elected to higher office.
7d ago

Fatal shooting of mother, son highlights legacy of powerful South Carolina dynasty

The swift losses of three members of the Murdaugh family have left a community reeling and investigators searching for a motive for why two of them were killed.

Jewish groups condemn Arizona's potential use of gas executions

Organizations have grown increasingly vocal in their opposition to what they describe as a macabre execution method echoing what the Nazis did during the Holocaust.

California AG appeals judge's ruling overturning decades-old assault weapons ban

The federal judge's decision to overturn the ban, put in place in 1989, has reignited a facet of the gun control debate in California.

Judge who reversed California assault weapons ban faces barrage of criticism

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez overturned the state's three-decade-old assault weapons ban. How he shaped his arguments is "incredibly problematic," one legal expert said.

Groups put pressure on Biden to fulfill campaign pledge to end solitary confinement

More than 130 civil rights and justice groups signed on to a letter calling on the Biden administration to "end the pain" of the practice in federal facilities.
18d ago

Covid deaths ravaged this Native American tribe. Now, 98% of eligible citizens are vaccinated.

Vaccination efforts have been so successful for the Blackfeet Nation in Montana that it shared surplus doses with Canada and will help vaccinate tourists visiting Glacier National Park.
18d ago

Chrystul Kizer, trafficking victim accused of killing alleged abuser, wins appeal

Activists and community groups say Kizer's case represents the failures of the criminal justice system to protect young victims of sexual abuse.

Jewish groups push White House to help counter antisemitism. For Doug Emhoff, it's personal.

The second gentleman's involvement is an encouraging sign that the Biden administration wants to make combating antisemitism a high priority, observers say.
28d ago

DNA helped free Texas man in murder case. Court declares him 'actually innocent.'

"We've been fighting for a long time, and I hope the battle is over," Lydell Grant, who was wrongly accused in a 2010 murder, said.