Then the court proceedings were interrupted by Claudia Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate with her plea for Jesus.
Pilate decided to solve the problem and save Jesus by letting one prisoner go, being sure they would choose Jesus as there was no evidence against him. Here he made a great error of judgement but he was “twitchy” - he had only 6,000 soldiers to keep the peace over 250,000 Jews. A mob had gathered outside the courtroom and the Sabbath was the next day, the first day of a week-long holiday when no Jews would work. The Jews cried for Barabbus to be released.
Pontius did not want another protest or uprising on his hands. He took an immense risk in offering to release Jesus, for it would have left him open himself to a charge of treason, but he tried. Everyone in the Roman world was twitchy about the emperor, mad, paranoic Tiberius who had power of immediate life-or-death over all of them.