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I’m no lawyer, but I think Jason Aldean’s got a pretty good case. Late Monday night (June 11), Aldean tweeted he’d been ticketed at the beach for swimming when warnings were posted. “Dear officer who gave me a ticket on the beach today for swimming in the water with double red flags. Thanx for the warning, Barney Fife!” Aldean wrote. In another tweet, he acknowledged, “I know he was doin’ his job, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t drown in knee deep water. Gimme a break!” The smartest thing Aldean did, though, was document his side of the story with a picture. “I would like to present exhibit A!!!!! Case closed,” he sent out with a photo of the beach and at least a dozen people in the water. It’s solid evidence that he was not the only one swimming. While he added that he respects law enforcement and is thankful for what they do, he also tweeted, “But me & that 12 yr old who got the other $100 tix are a lil bitter.” I’m sure Aldean will just pay the ticket, and that will be that. But for the 12-year-old, that $100 ticket will probably be a small price to pay for the story he can tell all of his friends about the day he and Aldean were busted at the beach.