The Sadducees and Pharisees ( the wealthy and religious ) leaders wished to kill Jesus for the crime of blasphemy ....<quoted text>
Yes. Do YOU? Do you know **who** was the group making the charge, and **why** Pilot had a problem with it?
I bet you don't...
Hint: under occupied Jerusalem, Roman law took precedence over Jewish law, by Roman Decree.
But the Roman governor would permit locals to enforce their own local law, if they so chose-- up to death.
The death penalty was reserved for the Romans, and required the breaking of Roman Law.
Pilot was a very weak governor, he held this position only by placating to the local leadership.
... do you understand **now** why Pilot did what he did?
but, under Roman occupation they could not take the law in their own hands ..( as you said )..
Pontius Pilate , had a choice ; risk civil unrest or execute an innocent man ..