The Jews didn't like him. On three different occasions, Pontius Pilate had broken God's law-two of the being one of the commandments handed down by Moses.
When Jesus was arrested and tried, the crowd wouldn't let Pilate rule in anyway except how they wanted. They wanted this man Jesus crucified. Their collective attitude was, “If you don't do as we want, we will again report you to the Emperor.
But Pilate believed Jesus innocent of the charge. He wanted to free this itinerant preacher. He bargained with the crowd. He would honor the Passover tradition of releasing one prisoner. He would exonerate that prisoner. He would release the Nazarene But the crowd yelled, “Crucify him, Crucify him.”
In the end Pilate did as the crowd demanded. But how did all this set in his mind?