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Now Jussie Blames Drugs?

Jussie Smollett mug shot. (Image credit: Chicago Police Department)

You just knew this was coming:

Jussie Smollett told cops he has an untreated drug problem — raising questions about whether he might try to use the claim to at least get any potential prison sentence reduced, according to a report Friday. The “Empire” star divulged his alleged drug problem after turning himself in Thursday morning on charges he filed a false police report involving a hate crime, TMZ reported.

Prosecutors said Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, one of the brothers who helped Smollett allegedly stage the Jan. 29 hate attack, served as Smollett’s drug dealer, selling him Molly several times since the spring of 2018.

The 36-year-old actor, in claiming to have a drug problem, could be paving the way to use it as a “mitigating factor” when it comes to sentencing, the site said. In court documents, Smollett answered “no” to whether he had any mental or alcohol problems.

I’m as tired of this non-story as you are, but the item above does raise an interesting question: why would alleged illegal drug use be a mitigating factor in any possible sentence? Does one alleged crime mitigate another? Our “criminal justice” system is not only a joke, it’s also become a tool of the social-justice Left, excusing one pathology by the invocation of another.