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Finishing Machine

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The true story of UFC fighter veteran Gerald “The Finishing Machine” Strebendt, who in 2014 shot and killed an unarmed man after a minor traffic accident. Police called it road rage. Gerald’s attorneys called a press-conference, taking a unique step in a high-profile case in changing the narrative. Within days, self-defense became the key media issue and Gerald awaited a c ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published December 2016 by Versus Publishing
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The true story of Gerald ‘The Finishing Machine’ Strebendt

Oregon authors/attorneys Mike Arnold and Emilia Gardner team to place in our hands a story – a true story about a case they defended – that is not only an immensely engrossing read but also represents an examination of our legal system, good aspects and flaws. They are committed to their roles and turn on lights about a trial and verdict that sheds light on and raises questions about verdicts and imprisonments. Together the authors have p
Melba Detlefsen
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Who knew that hampered justice for an innocent person begins as early as the convening of a Grand Jury in Oregon? Who knew that a judge has the power to put a stranglehold on an attorney trying to save an innocent person? We all know the media can help hang an accused, but who knew that it can be stopped from helping an innocent by a judge’s order? I learned much in this riveting book; my eyes are open. If you are ever accused of a crime you did not commit, you had best know how to get a truly g ...more
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A raw and riveting account of a death investigation from the eyes of the accused's lawyers. A unique look into the anatomy of building a criminal defense to a murder charge and the life of the shooter.
Aaron Real
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very intriguing story about a trial from start to finish. This was the first true crime book that I have read but I found it to be well written and it flowed very quickly but thoroughly through the entire process but covered a lot of detail and information. The book grabbed my attention from the start and I found myself not wanting to put it down/...I know, a cliche but really,it was great.

The story is about a Non-Active Marine (there's no such thing as an Ex-Marine) and MMA fighter that look
Jen Lawless
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Must Read, a genre all of its own.

I am a fan of suspense,mystery, biographies. I knew this was a true story. The author however presented the whole book in such a way you felt like you might as well been inside his head. A bonus is you learn the law or lack thereof, and how our justice system works. I hope to read more if he writes. I also have a more open mind to defense attorneys.
Hari Brandl
I started this book with high expectations, as usual, but was soon let down. From the first few chapters it seems to me that the intended thrust of the book is two-fold. Mr Arnold intendes it to 1) describe a brutal, lethal encounter between two men, and to lay out the facts behind the incident in order to prove his client (the shooter) innocent. 2) The book is supposed to give the reader insights into how a (good) lawyer does his homework: discovers the real facts, parse those facts, uses exper ...more
Nancy Silk
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"An Excellent Account Of A Defense Attorney's Fight"

This compelling story is a true story by defense attorneys Mike Arnold and Emilia Gardner. They take the case to defend Gerald Strebendt in January 2014. Strebendt appears guilty with his back ground as a Marine sniper, Blackwater operative, mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor, and is owner and operator of the Northwest Training Center. He's definitely a trained killer. The incident of road rage by another aggressive driver who approached him w
Neera Sawhney
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mike Arnold & Emilia Gardner have written a beautifully scripted book based on a true case from their files...they have accurately and vividly captured the thoughts, doubts, and frustrations of an attorney; as well as the role that not only the jurors and the media have to play but also the judge. A very thought provoking book,written from the point of view of the attorney. The real beauty of this book is that in it's conclusion you realize that it is the begining of another phase in Gerald' ...more
Joan R. Craven
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you want to understand how our legal system works

This is a really interesting book showing how our legal system works and also works against the defendant. It will really open your eyes as to how a judge can manipulate an attorney's opportunity to defend the client. This judge did many things to tie the attorney's hands.
I would have given it a five star rating, but there was just way too much information in many areas of the book. I never skip pages, but this time I had to. Just t
Charlie Defreese
This is an absolutely amazing book. It's very thought provoking and gives an inside view of how true justice is just a fantasy. It exposes how politically driven our justice system is and how people are guilty until proven innocent...or not even given the chance to prove their innocence.
This book also serves as a reminder of how everyday decisions have a cumulative effect on our lives.
A must read for anyone exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms and the legal ramifications or usin
Lisa Bateman
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, you guys don't know what you're missing! This is a great book. The author has such a natural ability to write that it makes it even more likable. All lawyer jokes aside, if there were any lawyers to trust I think this author would be one. He seems really genuine. Actually, I should say both authors. I know Emelia Gardner worked on this book also. I don't mean to sound like all the credit is going to Mr Arnold. His stories are just so funny. Maybe he will write another book with stories of E ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
More often than not, a defense attorney's clients are guilty. Gerald Strebendt certainly looked guilty of the January 2014 road rage murder. Marine sniper. Blackwater operative. MMA fighter with a 9-7 win-loss record, including an appearance in UFC 44. Strebendt was a trained killer, in other words, & one who just happened to be known for his hothead tendencies. It didn't help that his truck was a rolling armory that dark night on a rural road in Springfield, Ore., or that the weapon he used ...more
Emily Webb
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I found so fascinating about this book is the perspective from which it's written. I am in Australia and it's not that often you get to read books from the experience of the lawyers. In this case the book is written by the defence lawyers for a man - a former marine sniper and MMA fighter - called Gerald Strebendt who shot a man dead during a road rage incident. It's not in dispute that Strebendt shot his victim. This book details the processes that went into what eventually happened for St ...more
Denise Wallace
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was fascinating to see the building of a criminal defense unfold from the POV of the atty. I found the author to be very objective and insightful. You feel his pain.
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
Intriguing case

I was turned off by all the self promotion of the author, it was way beyond needed, and took away free actual case
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