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Sanhedrin in the Bible - a Christian perspective
The Sanhedrin that governed in Jesus' time was one of the principal players in his execution. The Sanhedrin was a group of religious leaders appointed to be judges for the people. While not traditionally involved in such shady practices as falsifying evidence in order to bring about someone's death, Jesus was doing much to disrupt their work and undermine their authority.

Sadducees in the Bible - a Christian perspective
Jesus was constantly being approached by religious leaders like the Sadducees who would question him and try to trap him in his answers. In this verse they are about to ask him about the issue of husbands and wives after the resurrection.

Bible Concordance :: Sadducees
A small but powerful group of religious leaders at the time of Jesus. The Sadducees were mostly priests who followed only the Old Testament law. They did not obey the rules added by the Pharisees. The Sadducees did not believe in any life after death.

Matthew 15: 1-20 - Into Thy Word Ministries
Defilement from Hypocrisy. Jesus confronted, head on, the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who have elevated their traditions over honoring and knowing God. This infuriated our Lord who called them to task and gave them up to themselves by saying, let them alone, which means...