The Week 46 Forensic Science Geek of the Week is Announced!

The Forensic Science Geek of the Week

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Forensic Science Geek of the Week

The week 46 “ Forensic Science Geek of the Week” honors goes to:  Ron Moore, Esquire

Ron Moore, Esquire-Forensic Science Geek of the Week
Ron Moore, Esquire-Forensic Science Geek of the Week

According to his website:

Ronald L. Moore received a Bachelors degree in Biology from UC Riverside and was a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Orange County Crime Lab, where he worked for over 18 years.  During his time at the lab, Mr. Moore supervised the Forensic Alcohol Unit, as well as working in Toxicology, Blood and Breath Alcohol, Drug Analysis, Firearms and Toolmarks, and Crime Scene Investigation. He was Board Certified in Forensic Science by the American Board of Criminalistics. Mr. Moore is an experienced expert witness, with hundreds of appearances in DUI trials and DMV Administrative Hearings, as well as homicides and other major crime cases. Forensic Expert Ronald L. Moore is also a factory trained technician on the Intoximeters Alco-Sensor IV breath testing instrument used in Orange County. He is also certified in the performance of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and in the science behind these tests.

Mr. Moore attended Western State University College of Law, graduating Valedictorian,magna cum laude, with a Certificate in Criminal Law from the Criminal Law Practice Center, senior managing editor of the Law Review, and three term president of the Criminal Law Association.  Criminal Defense Attorney Ronald L. Moore is licensed to practice in all California State Courts and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Attorney Moore is a frequent speaker at local and national professional meetings on many aspects of alcohol testing, metabolism, and impairment, as well as driving under the influence of drugs. Ronald L. Moore represents clients in Orange County, California, primarily in cases of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs or Prescription Medication, and testifies nationally as an expert in Driving under the Influence matters. Mr. Moore has written for the two volume treatise California Drink Driving Law, and is published in the Champion, the journal of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He wrote a portion of the Appellants brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Treadway v. California, 129 S.Ct. 1039 (2009)  and a portion of the Amicus Curiae brief in Bullcoming v. New Mexico (U.S. Supreme Court No. 09-10876).

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Orange County

Congratulations to our Forensic Science Geek of the Week winner!

See the challenge question that our winner correctly answered.


Forensic Science Geek of the Week Challenge
Forensic Science Geek of the Week Challenge

1. What is this?

2. What can it do?

3. What disciplines of forensic science use it the most?

Our Geek of the Week answered:

This is a scanning electron microscope. It can see really small stuff, and also give you an elemental spectrum. It is used for trace evidence, and especially gunshot residue analysis.

[BLOGGER’S NOTE: Here is our Honorable Mention: Just to amplify an otherwise acceptable answer….

Sample Chamber
Sample Chamber

The above picture is of a sample chamber of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). SEM “is a type of electron microscope that images a sample by scanning it with a high-energy beam of electrons in a raster scan pattern. The electrons interact with the atoms that make up the sample producing signals that contain information about the sample’s surface topography, composition, and other properties such as electrical conductivity. It is frequently used in the analysis of “Paint particles, fibers (both natural and artificial), bullet fingerprints, gunshot residue, counterfeit bank notes, forged documents, and trace evidence are all examples of specimens that can be analyzed using the scanning electron microscope. Scanning electron microscopy also renders detailed three-dimensional (3-D) images of extremely small microorganisms, 3-D anatomical pictures of insect, worm, spore, or other organic structures, and the analysis of gems and gem fragments.” Source:]

The Hall of Fame for the Forensic Science Geek of the Week:
Week 1: Chuck Ramsay, Esquire

Week 2: Rick McIndoe, PhD

Week 3: Christine Funk, Esquire

Week 4: Stephen Daniels

Week 5: Stephen Daniels

Week 6: Richard Middlebrook, Esquire

Week 7: Christine Funk, Esquire

Week 8: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.

Week 9: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.

Week 10: Kelly Case, Esquire and Michael Dye, Esquire

Week 11: Brian Manchester, Esquire

Week 12: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.

Week 13: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.

Week 14: Josh Lee, Esquire

Week 15: Joshua Dale, Esquire and Steven W. Hernandez, Esquire

Week 16: Christine Funk, Esquire

Week 17: Joshua Dale, Esquire

Week 18: Glen Neeley, Esquire

Week 19: Amanda Bynum, Esquire

Week 20: Josh Lee, Esquire

Week 21: Glen Neeley, Esquire

Week 22:  Stephen Daniels

Week 23:  Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.

Week 24: Bobby Spinks

Week 25:  Jon Woolsey, Esquire

Week 26: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 27: Richard Middlebrook, Esquire

Week 28: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 29: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 30: C. Jeffrey Sifers, Esquire

Week 31: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 32: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 33: Andy Johnston

Week 34: Ralph R. Ristenbatt, III

Week 35: Brian Manchester, Esquire

Week 36: Ron Moore, Esquire


Week 38: Pam King, Esquire

Week 39: Josh Lee, Esquire

Week 40: Robert Lantz, Ph.D.


Week 42: Steven W. Hernandez, Esquire

Week 43: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 44: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 45: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 46: Ron Moore, Esquire

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