FBI's electronic sleuths find key evidence buried on hard drives and in cellphone messages

The FBI is celebrating a new honor for its high-tech Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. The laboratory, which handles 500 cases a year in northern Illinois, on Thursday received full accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation. The recognition puts it in the top level of such laboratories nationwide.

CHICAGO (AP) – The FBI is celebrating a new honor for its high-tech Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. 

The laboratory, which handles 500 cases a year in northern Illinois, on Thursday received full accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation. 

The recognition puts it in the top level of such laboratories nationwide. 

At the ceremony, the FBI indulged in a little boasting about the lab's accomplishments. 

One suspect tried to burn down his own home to wreck his hard drive before the FBI got hold of it. Another fired a shotgun into his computer. But the computer forensics laboratory got the evidence in both cases.