The shouting grew loud, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees' party got up and argued vehemently: "We find nothing evil in this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"
I found out that the accusations were about disputed matters in their law, and that there was no charge that merited death or chains.
and when they had left they talked with each other and said, "This man is doing nothing that deserves death or chains."
Pilate then told the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no grounds for charging this man."
and said to them, "You have brought me this man as one who subverts the people. But in fact, after examining Him in your presence, I have found no grounds to charge this man with those things you accuse Him of.
"What is truth?" said Pilate. After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, "I find no grounds for charging Him.
If then I am doing wrong, or have done anything deserving of death, I do not refuse to die, but if there is nothing to what these men accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
After Festus conferred with his council, he replied, "You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar you will go!"