HAGERSTOWN (AP) A court-ordered panel of experts says the Army failed to follow up on signs of mental illness that should have prevented them from allowing the apparent perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks to have access to the deadly material. The nine-member group established by the Justice Department held a news conference Wednesday in Washington to release the study first reported by The Los Angeles Times.

The panel reviewed microbiologist Bruce Ivins psychiatric records over a 30-year-period ending in 2008, when he committed suicide.

The report says the information didnt reach the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick, which hired Ivins in 1980. The report said that was because of Ivins omissions on medical forms and because investigators didnt follow up on the clues he did offer.

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