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New York Giant caught with knife at airport will get diversion program

Originally Posted on Philly.com

POSTED: Thursday, August 8, 2013, 12:16 AM

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NEW YORK GIANTS linebacker Dan Connor, who was arrested in July for having a switchblade in his luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, will be admitted into a first-time offenders program, his attorney said.

Connor, 27, a native of Wallingford, Delaware County, was arrested July 6 after an airport-security officer saw the knife on an X-ray machine.

Police were called, and the Nutley, N.J., resident was charged with a weapons offense.

Connor will not attend an Aug. 16 court-status hearing, but will be in court at a yet-to-be determined date to sign forms to be formally admitted into the program, his attorney, Michael Jay Diamondstein, said yesterday.

“Mr. Connor is remorseful. This was all a big misunderstanding. He didn’t know the knife was in his bag, and he’s looking forward to getting on with his life,” Diamondstein said.

The state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program is for those who have committed minor offenses and allows them to expunge their records once all requirements have been completed.

– Mensah M. Dean