Saturday, April 02, 2016
Forensics of Michelle Field's Bruised Arm in Lewandowski Case
Above is the celebrated self photo of Michelle Fields bruised arm. I invite forensic experts to analyze the pattern of the bruises. I am not a forensic expert, but there are a few questions I have for those who are.
In the complaint taken by the Jupiter Police Department, officer Marc Bujnowski says that he observed the bruises on 29 March, 2016. Correction, the notice to appear was issued on the 29th of March, the evidence was seen on 18 March.
This is Ms Fields left arm. It is alleged that Mr. Lewandowski grabbed her with his right hand, causing the bruises. He is alleged to have grabbed the left arm from behind and to the left of Ms Fields. My questions for the forensic experts on bruising are:
1. The biggest, bruise appears to be highest up on the arm, while the smallest seems to be lowest. There appears to be a bruise for each of four fingers. Is this typical bruising for a grab?
2. If typical, does it indicate that the hand doing the bruising had the forefinger on the upper part of the arm, and the pinky on the lower part of the arm?
3. Is the grip in a reasonable position for the right hand of a person, approaching from behind, to grab the left arm of a person in front of them?
4. Could the bruises be self inflicted?
My amateur expectations of the answers, done with a few geometrical exercises with a lady neighbor, are that the positioning of the bruises are consistent with both a grab from behind, right hand to left arm, and self inflicted bruises, right hand to left arm.
Measurement of the spacing of the bruises might give an indication if they are consistent with the hand size of either Mr. Lewandowski or Michelle Fields. But, that is unclear, because there is spacing between the individual bruises.
Some have suggested that because Ms Fields was wearing a jacket, the bruises are unusually distinct; that a jacket would blur the bruises into a single mark. I would like forensic experts to opine on that possibility.
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