From the Georgia Supreme Court-
Atlanta, GA - Superior Court Judge Stephen S. Goss of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Hugh Thompson in the appeal of Danenberg vs. State.
The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, March 6 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this Jones County case, a former Atlanta lawyer is appealing his conviction for the murder of his estranged wife's friend. In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Goss will participate in the Court's decision.
Judge Goss, 50, was appointed to the Dougherty County Superior Court in 1999 by then-Gov. Roy Barnes. He has been elected three times. Previously, he served as the Dougherty County Juvenile Court Judge and as president of the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association.
He was in private law practice in Albany for 13 years and has tried and argued cases in courtrooms across Georgia, including the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Judge Goss served as president of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia and was a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia.
Judge Goss founded and today presides over the Dougherty Superior Court Mental Health/Substance Abuse program, the first felony mental health court in Georgia. The program serves as one of five national Learning Sites for mental health courts as designated by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Council of State Governments.
Judge Goss serves on the teaching faculty of the National Judicial College and the National Drug Court Institute, teaching and consulting with courts across the country about treatment programs for offenders with mental and substance abuse issues.
In his community, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany. He is a former trustee of the Dougherty County Library System. A native southwest Georgian, Judge Goss was an honor graduate of both the University of Georgia and University of Georgia School of Law and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
He and his wife, Dee, have two daughters and a son. They are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where Judge Goss is a long-time Sunday School teacher and former Elder.