Actor Paul Newman and delicatessen owener Julius Gold both say they believe jurors were learning in their favor before Gold's lawsuit against Newman cambe to an abrupt end with a mistrial.

But several jurors said they weren't even close to a decision and predicted that if the case hadn't ended in a mistrial Thursday there would have been a hung jury.Gold, who owns a deli in nearby Westport is seeking stock in Newman's food company, Newman's Own Inc., claiming he helped develop Newman's products and is partly responsible for their success.

"We were nowhere near close to a verdict," said juror Janice Mayeran.

Mayeran and another juror, Timothy Morris, said there was a possibility of of a hung jury if the trial hadn't ended.

Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Howard Zoarski declared the mistrial after jurors sent a note saying they couldn't ignore depositions that weren't admitted as evidence but were turned over to them Wednesday, the second day of deliberations.