In Sherrod's case, as Breitbart later conceded, it was also unjustified.
But the hallmark of these betrayals is that they are impulsive and unjustified.
After resubmissions and appeals, they all eventually got paid, some with interest, because of the unjustified delays.
c.1300, "to administer justice;" late 14c., "to show (something) to be just or right," from Old French justifiier "submit to court proceedings" (12c.), from Latin iustificare "act justly toward, make just," from iustificus "dealing justly, righteous," from iustus "just" (see just (adj.)) + root of facere "to do" (see factitious). Of circumstances, "to afford justification," from 1630s. Meaning "to make exact" (now largely restricted to typesetting) is from 1550s. Related: Justified; justifying.